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Gateshead International Stadium survey

We are very proud of our sport and leisure offer. The Gateshead International Stadium (GIS) is an iconic facility, hosting several major sporting events over the years such as the World Transplant Games, the European Athletics Team Championships and Diamond League events, as well as many music concerts.

Due to the ongoing financial challenges we are facing and the funding needed to maintain the same level of provision at GIS, it is no longer financially viable to operate the service in its current form. Any future use of the site as a venue for international athletics events is unlikely, due to the significant investment required to upgrade it to meet the current requirements for such activities.

Last year, Cabinet agreed that a review of the future operation of GIS would be carried out separately to the review of our leisure centres. Earlier this year Cabinet agreed to start an Options Appraisal, and then on 20 June approved the following:

  • consultation on the future use and purpose of the site
  • working together with Gateshead College to negotiate and deliver a new operating model for the site
  • a market testing exercise to understand if private sector resources could be used to complement and enhance the site's education and sport offer

View the Cabinet report from 20 June (PDF) [138KB] (opens new window)

Purpose of the survey

This survey is aimed to further understand who uses the site, which services are used, and gain views on the future purpose of the GIS site.

Further detailed consultation will be carried out on any changes that are proposed to the operation of the site. To enable us to continue to provide services on the site, a new affordable operating model must be developed.

We want to hear any suggestions you may have about how the service could be delivered in the future. The results of this survey will be used alongside other information such as usage, financial records, site performance, and working together with key tenants such as Gateshead College, as well as exploring possible private sector investment.

The survey is now closed.