New football-focused entertainment centre set to open at Bluewater Shopping Centre this May

Exciting news for football fans! The highly anticipated opening date for a new football-focused entertainment centre at Bluewater Shopping Centre has been announced. The centre, called Ballerz, has received backing from well-known former players from England and Brazil, including Rio Ferdinand and Roberto Carlos.

Construction on the air dome, located on the Upper Thames Walk car park near the Showcase Cinema and Gravity trampoline park, has been completed and final preparations are underway for the grand opening in May. With an investment of £3 million, the 30,000 sq ft arena is expected to attract 250,000 visitors in its first year and create 50 new jobs.

Ballerz co-founder and property consultant, Nick Weir, expressed his excitement for the new concept, stating, “We have brought together a passion for the game and teamed it with a premier all-day entertainment venue and the latest technology – to create a new concept for both kids and adults.” He also highlighted the growing trend of competitive socialising in the hospitality industry and the gap in the market for football-focused experiences.

Former player Rio Ferdinand also shared his enthusiasm for Ballerz, saying, “Ballerz brings the thrill of the game to life. It is designed to provide entertainment in a competitive space and to inspire the next football generation to have fun, get active and enjoy developing their skills.”

The arena, designed by top former professional players and coaches, will feature a state-of-the-art seven-a-side 5G football pitch with Premier League-style changing rooms, stadium-style seating, and a players’ tunnel. Guests can also expect instant replays pitch-side and a skills zone where they can test their abilities with the help of METRIX technology and a “Robokeeper” for shooting practice.

In addition to the football facilities, Ballerz will also have a gaming lounge, briefing rooms, event spaces, a retail outlet, dining options, and a sports bar. With plans to expand the Ballerz brand to other areas of the UK and internationally, it’s clear that the trend of competitive socialising is here to stay. Make sure to mark your calendars for the grand opening in May and experience the ultimate football entertainment at Bluewater Shopping Centre.

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