Plans have been revealed for an 800-space car park at Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl – without losing the site’s green appearance.
Instead of asphalt, ‘heavy duty’ grass paving would be installed, which is similar to a grid and allows grass to grow through it.
Don Valley Bowl, off Coleridge Road, Attercliffe, is already used as an auxilliary car park at busy times, but there is concern about damage to the grass there.
Once resurfaced, the site would be used to help ease pressure on the car parks and side streets around the Motorpoint Arena when major events take place.
Sheffield International Venues, which oversees the running of the arena, and Sheffield Council say the scheme aims to help make the arena more attractive and help it to compete with the new First Direct Arena in Leeds.
Steve Brailey, SIV chief executive, said: “We want to make it a better surface at Don Valley Bowl.
“The busiest time for the arena is the winter and the surface can get muddy and choked with cars.
“There will also be a better surface provided for events.”
SIV wants to try to host more events similar to when the Arctic Monkeys performed under canvas at Don Valley Bowl in 2011.
Improvements to the surface are due to be funded through charges for parking and use of the site by event organisers.
Floodlight columns are also set to be installed – although those which will be removed from the neighbouring Don Valley Stadium once demolition begins are deemed unsuitable.