Work starts this Sunday 22 May in the Old Market Square to build a 1,200 seater archery arena to host a Road to Rio Olympic qualifying archery event.

The European Archery Championship, in association with The Nottingham Building Society, will see 300 archers from 44 countries travel to Nottingham, hoping to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

Athletes from Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Liechtenstein, Russia and the Ukraine are among those taking part.

The whole area of the Old Market Square, stretching from the Council House to the fountains, will be inaccessible to pedestrians from Sunday 22 May until Wednesday 1 June.

Pedestrians will need to use an alternative route to cross the Old Market Square during this time, walking around the fountains and along Long Row, or by cutting through the Exchange.

Spectator tickets for the event are selling fast, but some are still available from Nottingham Tourism Centre, or online at

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Sport and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s great to see the Old Market Square being used to host such a prestigious sporting event. The European Archery Championship will showcase our city to a global audience and add another string to our bow as England’s official Home of Sport.”