Cheshire Phoenix venue guide

Information to help plan your trip to see a basketball game at the Cheshire Oaks Arena, home of the Cheshire Phoenix in the BBL.

? Address ∙ ? The venue ∙ ? Seating ∙ ? Tickets ∙ ? Food and drink ∙ ? Entertainment ∙ ? Public transport ∙ ? By car ∙ ? Parking ∙ ? Accommodation ∙ ? Previous visits

? Address

The Cheshire Oaks Arena, Ellesmere Port Sports Village, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9JN

? The venue

The club started out as the Ellesmere Port Jets in the NBL in 1986, rebranding two years later as the Cheshire Jets. They moved to the Northgate Arena in Chester in 1993, rebranding as the Chester Jets and then back again to the Cheshire Jets in 2007. Following financial collapse early in the 2012/13 season, a community interest club arose from the ashes, hence the name Cheshire Phoenix. Their final game at the Northgate Arena was an 8-point win, but not enough to overturn the 13-point 1st leg advantage held by the London Lions, who were heading to the play-off final. That was my last trip to Cheshire so I’m yet to experience their current venue.

Approved in 2013, the new sports village – comprising a gym with swimming pool – built at a cost of £15million of council and Sport England money opened in May 2015. The Phoenix made the return to their origins as the anchor tenant.

? Seating

Capacity: 1,400. Raked bleachers on both sides of the court.

? Tickets

The visiting team may offer a small number of its tickets to travelling fans, usually priced at £10 adults / £8 children. Your name will then be on the team’s guest list at the venue’s ticket desk, where they will issue you your ticket. Seating is unreserved but away fans normally congregate behind their team’s bench.

Alternatively, you can buy tickets through the home team, which offers savings on child and family tickets.

? Food and drink

Hot dogs, sandwiches, tea, coffee. No beer in the arena.

The designer outlet village has eateries including the burger chains McDonald’s and Ed’s Easy Diner, Japanese-style restaurants Yo! Sushi and Wagamama, and cafes Costa Coffee, Love Koffee, Pret A Manger, Starbucks and Cafe Thorntons. Standard chain restaurants can be found at the adjacent Coliseum Leisure Park. TGI Friday’s, KFC, Marston’s pub Old Hall Farm and Harvester are on Stanney Lane by the aquarium.

? Izzy’s vegan choice: Wagamama or a sandwich from Pret. For other suggestions, visit HappyCow or download their app. ??

? Entertainment

BiG Lupus, supposedly a wolf sponsored by a self-storage firm, is mascot to Cheshire Phoenix and Chester FC and sadly suffers from an incurable autoimmune condition. #PrayforBiGLupus

? Public transport

Ellesmere Port railway station is two miles away.

The number 1 and the X8 operated by Stagecoach run between Chester, Liverpool and Ellesmere Port, stopping at the aquarium and outlet village just before the Sports Village.

? By car

Sat nav reference: CH65 9JN

? Parking

There is parking at the arena and the rear of Vue Cinema. Note the parking enforcement scheme at the Coliseum Leisure Park.

? Accommodation

Travelodge Cheshire Oaks hotel is very conveniently located.

? Previous visits

This is my last remaining tick of current BBL venues to get!

I strive to offer useful information based on past personal experience and secondary sources. All information is given in best faith and I hope is as accurate as possible for you to plan and enjoy your day. Please let me know of any corrections or other suggestions.