As part of the local celebrations for the Festival of Britain in 1951, the Council developed land used as allotments during World War II into Eirias Park’s sports arena and running track.
The first athletics event in Eirias Park’s new sports arena was the North Wales Amateur Athletics meeting which included the official opening of the arena by the Lord Lieutenant, Colonel J. C. Wynne Finch, in June, 1955.
A special feature of the first North Wales District Athletic Championship at the new sports stadium was the visit of four British Olympic athletes – John Disley (Olympic bronze medallist in Helsinki 1952 for the 3000 metre steeplechase), Mark Pharaoh (qualified for the Olympics in Helsinki 1952 and later came 4th in the discus in the Melbourne Olympics 1956), Heather Armitage (Olympic bronze medallist in the 4 x 100 metres in Helsinki 1952 and Olympic silver medallist in Melbourne 1956) and Sylvia Cheeseman (Olympic bronze medallist with Heather Armitage in the 4 x 100 metres in Helsinki 1952).
A “good wishes” message was received from the Duke of Edinburgh for the opening of the arena.
As well as the floodlit 400 metre, 8-lane all-weather synthetic athletics track, the facilities here also include a long jump pit, rugby and javelin pitches and a discus enclosure.
The Parc Eirias Events Centre was officially opened on November 11th, 2011 by Carwyn Jones, A.M. the First Minister for Wales.
The arena offers seating for up to 2580 people, as well as terracing for a further 3500 along with a number of hospitality boxes.
Eirias Park has also become the home of Rygbi Gogledd Cymru (North Wales Rugby).
In 2012 Eirias Park hosted a concert to mark the opening of the London Olympic Games. 2012 also marked the first time the arena area was transformed into a live music venue for Access All Eirias concerts featuring popular national artists…Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, Rhydian Roberts, The Overtones and in 2014 Sir Tom Jones and Jessie J.
This trail is part of the Age Friendly Communities Project which is part funded by the European Regional Development fund through the Ireland and Wales Interregional Programme 2007 – 2013.