Belfast will have an ice rink, a 10,000 seat indoor sports arena and an interactive science museum at the Odyssey Centre.
The Odyssey Centre is a multi-million-pound millennium project which aims to regenerate the docklands of Belfast.
It's Belfast’s version of the millennium dome.
The centre cost £90 million to construct and is located on a 23 acre site on the banks of the River Lagan. It is hoped that the diverse attractions will bring in around one million visitors a year.
The arena will be Ireland’s biggest seated indoor venue. The centre also has a 200 metre running track and an ice rink.
Tom Fanning, Chief Executive of the Odyssey Centre, is hopeful that the venue will attract tourists from throughout the island of Ireland and abroad.
The arena will be home to the Belfast Giants, a professional ice hockey team. Team coach Dave White believes that the Odyssey is a great facility and should lead to a growing interest in ice hockey.
A large pavilion alongside the Odyssey will be home to shops, bars and restaurants and a multiplex cinema. There is also the W5 Interactive Discovery Centre due to open next year.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 November 2000. The reporter is Michael Fisher.