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Box Nightclub in Belfast to close its doors after almost 11 years

By Claire Williamson

Box Nightclub is shutting its doors after almost 11 years in Belfast.

The nightclub in the Odyssey Pavilion which opened in 2006 has announced its final party night will be on July 1.

The club opened its doors in 2006 and over the years has hosted parties for some of the world's biggest stars.

They hosted after parties following gigs for the likes of Rihanna, Lady Gaga and One Direction.

They also held parties for Rory McIlroy's 1st major win, a Carl Frampton bash and many more.

It comes as Belfast's Odyssey Pavilion is undergoing a major overhaul for the first time in its almost 20-year history.

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New plans include merging and dividing up existing units for new cafe, bar and restaurants.

It's attached to the SSE Arena, which underwent major works in 2015.

Fresh plans also include a new health club and "arena hospitality suite".

There will also be a new climbing wall, refurbishment of the cinema, bowling alley, new lighting systems, changes to the entrance and the building's facade.

The nightclub said: "Box, as we know it, will unfortunately cease nightclub operations in the Odyssey Pavilion as of Saturday 1st July.

"We came for a good time and stayed a very long time, expecting us to last 4 years, here we are close to 11 years later and what a journey it's been.

"In 2006 we came we saw we conquered. 23,000sq feet, capacity of just under 1800 persons, over 2 floors with 7 Bars, 22 Tills, 120 staff, averaging 3500 customers every week, we changed the city’s clubbing landscape for good."

It added: "We could go on and on but we have one huge final week of parties to plan so we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the management, the bar staff, the DJs, the cleaners , the door team, the suppliers, but most of all we would like to thank all of you 2,000,000 customers through our doors is truly remarkable. Lifetime of memories lifetime of friends."

️On Wednesday the Odyssey Pavilion began its first phase of its public consultation process.

A Public Application Notice (PAN) went on display as part of a process which seeks to encourage the public and all relevant stakeholders to express their views on the proposed refurbishment.

It provides opportunity for feedback on the proposal, which will then be used to inform the plan before any application is submitted. The PAN is part of a wider planning process

It's understood the Odyssey Pavilion, which opened in 2000, has also recently changed ownership. It went on the market in 2012.

Plans for earlier work were submitted on behalf of Matagorda 2, which is registered as a limited company in the Isle of Man.

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