The Dome Leisure Centre

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The Dome Leisure Centre
The Dome
Doncaster Dome
Location The Dome
Doncaster Leisure Park
Bawtry Road
Owner Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Operator Doncaster Culture & Leisure Trust
Capacity 1,000 – 2,100
Opened 26 November 1989
Construction cost £26 million
Architect Faulkner Brown
Doncaster Panthers (?–?)

The Dome Leisure Centre is an arena and leisure centre in Doncaster, England, informally known as The Dome or Doncaster Dome. It has a swimming complex, bars, a sports arena that is also used as an event venue and the United Kingdom's first ever split level ice skating rink.

The Dome as a concept was first conceived in 1985, by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. The aim of the project was to inject capital and confidence into the community of Doncaster. The Dome was to act as a catalyst for the economic and qualitative regeneration of Doncaster – at a time when the economic climate of Doncaster was depressed, the Dome was to herald a new age.[1]

The building was designed by architect Faulkner Brown, and work was underway by November 1986, taking a little under three years for completion with the building officially being declared 'finished' in August 1989. The building was officially opened by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales on 26 November 1989. In total, the project cost £26 million.[2]

In 2005 and 2006, it played host to the Premier League Darts.

Year Week Date
2005 Week 9 Thursday May 12
2006 Week 8 Thursday April 20


  • The Lagoons comprises seven free form interlinked pools with a children's area and flume water rides. It hosts many activities, including parties and young children's swimming lessons. In 2002, two new rides were introduced, 'The Anaconda' and 'Alligator Attack'. In January 2005 a new feature was unveiled - 'The Amazonian Falls', a double chamber speed slide. Other features include two whirlpool spas, eighteen 'Water Bubble Beds', two artificial geysers, four water cannons, three massage channels, four water gargoyles and a mushroom drench shower.
  • The Ice Caps is The Dome's split level ice skating rink, featuring two ramps, two mini-rinks on different levels and 1.5 square kilometres of ice.
  • Fitness Village is the largest fitness facility in the North of England,[3] and contains over 180 pieces of gym equipment, including weights, and the latest state of art Life Fitness equipment.
  • The Hall is where a major part of The Dome's events take place. It houses three five-a-side football pitches, as well as twelve badminton courts on the same floor. It also has tiered seating that is kept tidied away near one wall of the Hall. The Sports Hall, as it was then known, was formerly the home venue of the Doncaster Panthers men's basketball team. Aside from sporting events, The Hall also hosts concerts, with artists that have appeared there including Judas Priest, Kings of Leon, The Strokes, Feeder, Embrace, Travis, Ian Brown, Chick Corea and Faithless. On February 9, 2007, The Hall hosted arguably its biggest concert yet, with BBC Radio 1 bringing Kaiser Chiefs to the arena for a live gig to celebrate the launch of the band's second album.

Past events


  1. The Dome Project. From The Dome Project [1]. Retrieved 6/2/2007
  2. Facts taken from The Dome website
  3. Facts taken from The Dome website

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