The Outdoor Arena was opened in June 1998 by Sir Trevor Brooking (then Chairman of Sport England) having been built in no small part due to a £1.5m National Lottery grant.
The Arena has two sand-based Astroturf pitches which are home to Redbridge & Ilford Hockey Club and hosts a number of Essex & East Region Hockey events each year. The playing surface is also suitable for football, with a number of clubs training on the pitches each evening, along with Junior Course football coaching.
The 12 outdoor hardplay courts were resurfaced as part of the upgrade works associated to London 2012, and can be used for netball, football or tennis. The courts are home to the Essex Metropolitan Netball League, and also regularly hosts national schools and clubs finals events
Redbridge has 3 full-size and 2 mini pitches which are available for hire throughout the football season. Please contact bookings on 020 8498 1021 for more details.
The Outdoor Arena is serviced by its own dedicated changing, first aid and refreshments pavilion which has capacity for up to twelve teams plus match officials. The Pavilion also offers a Tennis Viewing Area for the Outdoor Courts, and this can be booked for meetings or small functions. Please contact bookings on 020 8498 1021 for more details.
To view court hire prices, please click here.