THE new owners of a Huddersfield football arena celebrated by hosting a free open day.
Ian Richardson and son-in-law Rob Kaye set up Three Lions Leisure on Wakefield Road, Waterloo, on the site of the former Skylark soccer venue.
The arena offers indoor five-a-side football pitches and was previously used for local and regional league matches and for training by Huddersfield Town.
The artificial playing surface and nets have been replaced, along with showers, lighting and benches.
Other changes include plans to let schools use the facility on weekdays, if Kirklees Council approves.
Mr Richardson, of Kirkheaton and Mr Kaye, from Almondbury, offered free pitch bookings on Saturday to entice local footballers to see the arena's facilities.
The first team to play a match were the Dalton Dynamos Under-14s.
The men are inviting teams to register to play five-a-side in various leagues at the venue,
The premises have been leased from owner Total Fitness (UK), which has its fitness centre nearby.
The arena was run by Skylark Leisure (Huddersfield) until the firm went into liquidation last September with more than £700,000 of debt.
The arena then closed.
Mr Kaye and Mr Richardson took control after the arena was marketed by commercial property agent Eddisons.
Mr Richardson was previously a self- employed joiner and Mr Kaye was an accountant in Halifax .
He played local league football for Almondbury, but has given it up to focus on his business.