AN exciting new multi-million pound sports and leisure venture has opened its doors to the public.
The £7m Sportsdomes at Seaton Carew includes two imposing inflatable domes housing stat-of-the art golf and football facilities.
Managers say they have been overwhelmed at the response from people after opening last week.
The development has been created on the former Mayfair site by Brian Morton of Seaton Leisure and professional Hartlepool golfer Craig Donaldson.
The Mail was given an exclusive tour of the impressive facilities by its sales and marketing chief Alan Cruickshank.
Alan said: “When people see this they are absolutely blown away, their jaws drop which is good to see.
“We class it as unique, you don’t see this mix of facilities anywhere else.”
Both casual and experienced golfers can have fun or sharpen their skills in the smaller golf dome.
It features four golf simulators which can transport the player to any of the world’s top courses and help improve their play.
It also houses a driving and chipping range and a tropical-looking nine-hole golf trail with two professional golfers on hand to help.
It recently hosted a kids’ preview day when dozens of youngsters got into the swing of things.
Meanwhile the 440ft long football dome has already welcomed more than 1,500 players through the doors.
At the weekend it held an adults five-a-side tournament which was won by Seaton FC.
It houses six five-a-side Astroturf pitches but can be adapted for bigger games.
Andi Russell, head of football development, said: “The first week has gone phenomenally well.
“We’ve had a whole range of people from youngsters with junior clubs, college students and have had interest from the more professional clubs all wanting to train with us.”
The finishing touches are also being put to the former Mayfair Centre which has been transformed into a host of dance and fitness studios, children’s interactive games and sensory rooms, gym, and a sports bar and classy restaurant.
Alan added: “Everything is geared around the family unit. We want to encourage parents, grandparents, kids, people of all abilities and disabilities.
“It is a place which we feel is a real benefit to the area and hope people will embrace it and be as proud of it as we are.”