Ed Hoppit (Storm II) bought the arena?

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Dave Dixson

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Mar 19, 2004, 6:47:48 AM3/19/04
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Just read something on a previous post about storm II buying the area
- is this true? If so, anyone know what it will mean for series 8 -
is there going to be one, and will it be unchanged in
format/presenters etc?

I am worried that my favorite programme's days are numbered!

Cheers,

Dave.

Leo van Miert

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Mar 19, 2004, 8:45:34 AM3/19/04
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> Just read something on a previous post about storm II buying the area
> - is this true?

It is.

> If so, anyone know what it will mean for series 8 -

There's not going to be a series 8 by the looks of tings at the moment. The
arena is going to be used for an event the same size and format as
Robotwars, but is is by no means certain this will be broadcasted on
national television. It all depends on wether or not the current License
holder of the Robotwars tradmark will allow it, wether or not a television
company is willing to buy the show, and wether or not the financial side of
things can bee agreed on.

> is there going to be one, and will it be unchanged in format/presenters
etc?

There will definatly be chances, wether or not they will be better is
anyone's guess at the moment. As far as the roboteers side is concerned
there will be improvements, and for the audiences some things will improve
(the "throwing the robots out of the arena in 5 seconds" fights wil be gone
for instance).

> I am worried that my favorite programme's days are numbered!

All programs end some time, the sport still lives on. there are plenty live
events to enjoy.

See www.fightingrobots.co.uk for details.

Bye,

Leo.
www.computerclub.nl/robot


Leo van Miert

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Mar 19, 2004, 8:54:01 AM3/19/04
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buying the area
> > - is this true?
>
> It is.

Just as a clarification, Ed hoppit's did not buy the arena on its own, but
its in cooperation with roboteers and professional event planners.

I'll post the official announcement here:

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

As you may have been aware, The 'Robot Wars' Arena, formerly owned by
Mentorn was recently put up for sale. This arena has now been purchased by a
partnership including roboteers and events professionals, interested in
securing the arena for the future of the sport.

The arena has been purchased in its entirety, including the polycarbonate
screening - and the first step that will be taken will be to offer to host,
for the FRA (Fighting Robot Association) a major Robot Combat event in the
UK - on the same scale as 'Robot Wars', however with a 100% emphasis on the
audience (and roboteers) enjoying a sport rather than pure entertainment.

There is much to be done, however we felt it was essential that we let the
community know that the arena has been secured, and that investment is being
made to ensure that it remains as an asset for many years to come. We have
been invited to the next FRA meeting to present our ideas, and to discuss
where we all go from here, including opportunities for the community to
become involved either financially or otherwise with the project.

More statements on this matter will be issued in the near future, on this
forum and through other appropriate media channels once we have discussed
our plans with the FRA.

Bob Coleman, Ed Hoppitt, Rick Stuart and Co
Phantom Events


John Cartmell

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Mar 19, 2004, 10:23:03 AM3/19/04
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In article <105lurq...@corp.supernews.com>, Leo van Miert

<bi...@concepts.nl> wrote:
> The arena has been purchased in its entirety, including the
> polycarbonate screening - and the first step that will be taken will be
> to offer to host, for the FRA (Fighting Robot Association) a major Robot
> Combat event in the UK - on the same scale as 'Robot Wars', however with
> a 100% emphasis on the audience (and roboteers) enjoying a sport rather
> than pure entertainment.

I'm sure that there is an (intelligent) audience wanting to watch
competitions with a similar interest to those competing. All it needs is a
TV company willing to produce something good for a change.

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