Photographs from the opening night of Derby Arena, attended by Dame Sarah Storey and Dani King

The brand new Derby Arena and velodrome was officially opened in a ceremony on Thursday evening to a crowd of 1500 spectators.

Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey and Derby MP Margaret Beckett unveiled a plaque commemorating the official opening of the £28-million facility.

The velodrome is a central part of the project, and the opening night saw several showcase cycling events take place including Storey and Olympic team pursuit champion Dani King.

The Arena will be holding an open weekend on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, which will include track racing and feature King’s Olympic team pursuit team-mate Joanna Rowsell. Members of the public are invited to try out the track for themselves. More details are available via the Derby Arena website.

Derby Arena

Derby Arena has a distinctive look, with ‘eyes’ and a mouth

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The arena has been dubbed the ‘Golden Dome’ by locals

Derby Arena

The track centre includes multi-use courts

Derby Arena

Riders take part in a scratch race

Band plays on opening night of Derby Arena

Band plays on opening night of Derby Arena

No cleats on steps

Riders are requested not to wear cleated shoes on the steps from the track centre to the track itself

Dani King

Dani King in action

Keirin

Keirin racing in the Derby Arena

Sarah Storey raced as well as officially opening the venue

Sarah Storey raced as well as officially opening the venue

Sarah Storey and Margaret Beckett perform the official opening of Derby Arena

Sarah Storey and Margaret Beckett MP perform the official opening of Derby Arena