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Happy 25th Birthday to Guildford Spectrum!

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Happy 25th Birthday to Guildford Spectrum!

Published at 6:00am 23rd February 2018. (Updated at 1:15pm 23rd February 2018)

Twenty five years of leisure, fun, fitness and sporting history in Guildford.

Spectrum Leisure Centre celebrates its 25th birthday today.

Since opening on 23 February 1993, the leisure complex has welcomed over 43 million visitors through its doors.

Today, Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons joined Freedom Leisure Centre Manager Nyssa Jackson and Spectrum mascot 'Specky' in cutting a celebratory cake.

It kicks off a '25 themed day' planned by the centre, during which visitors can win prizes.

Nyssa Jackson said: "Anyone from around the area knows of Guildford Spectrum; it’s a local landmark and has been part of local life for a quarter of a century! 

"People in the area either grew up enjoying its facilities or have brought their children here, while the superb facilities support local residents and clubs to exercise and partake in sport."

The Spectrum under construction


The Spectrum opening in 1993

Spectrum Opening

The Spectrum turning 25 in 2018

Spectrum Birthday

As well as providing leisure activity for Guildford and the south east, the Spectrum has also hosted hundreds of high profile sporting events.

These have included the World and British Short Track Speed Skating Championships, The EuroCup Basketball competition (formerly England International Basketball and ULEB Cup basketball), Netball Superleague, Guildford Heat and televised events such as Premier League Snooker and Darts.

And that's not to mention the Guildford Flames, who regularly play there in the British Elite League among super teams such as Belfast and Cardiff.


In 2012, the Spectrum was the training base for the Nigerian Olympic Athletics squad during the London Olympics.


It's not just hosted sporting events and athletes though, musicians Peter Andre, The Back Street Boys and the Everly Brothers have all played concerts there too...

Peter Andre

Richard Billington, Lead Councillor for Parks and Leisure says: “For the past 25 years Guildford Spectrum has been a focal point of entertaining and exciting leisure activities for residents and visitors to our borough.

"Since opening, Spectrum has enabled people of all ages and abilities to have fun while keeping fit, healthy and active.

"The Council continues to invest in the venue so everyone can enjoy the many great facilities on offer, now and into the future.

"It’s also been great to see the world-class national and international events since 1993, as well as the many different opportunities it gives to the thousands of local people and teams who go or play there every day."         



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