Selected reviews for this venue:
if there is one thing that did shock me was the closeness of the rows of seats, I have a knee problem which means I cannot bend it fully so had to sit very uncomfortly all evening. and no warning was given of the steepness of the stairs either on site, luckily I had only one step to go down. the staff helping you to your seats are brilliant too, I hope you praise them loads.
Cirque Du Soleil (11/11/13) - amazing
What an amazing evening, it had it all, humour, music, acrobatics, expertise, talent beyond all realms, music I can go on for ages. the costumes were amazing too, beautifull to say the least. the director Franco Dragone has done an amazing job, also has everyone else from set design to composer and musical director and more. The show was absorbing from start to finish, kept you on your toes to the end. the tension filled the air when any of the artists where performing, keeping you on the edge of your seat, I was applauding all evening, as everything deemed applause. After each section had performed they came to take applause, they looked aloof as if to say come on I did well, but in a good way, and they got there just deserts applause never ending. And at the end of the evening when they all came out to receive our applause I will be honest and say it brought me to tears, I have no idea why, the lady beside me too cried, tears of pure happiness of sharing such a magical and brilliant show. many many thanks to all that contributed to making it a memorable event, I had only come out of hospital 2 days earlier with a serious lung infection, but would not miss the show for anything, it did my spirits the world of good. I once again say please go and see the show and thank you to one and all.
Slash (05/03/13) - The Treatment & Slash @ nottingham Arena
The Treatment did an admirable job in warming up the early attendees of former Guns n Roses / Velvet Revolver axeman Slash. A straight ahead no nonsense British Metal band from Cambridge whose debut album impressed a great deal in 2011. They filled their 30 mins plus with upbeat banging tunes that served as an ideal aperitif for the main Course.
A couple of minutes to nine the house lights went down and bang we were in to the main event. Kicking off with Halo from last years Apocalyptic Love album. Next up an old Slashs Snakepit and Guns N Roses tune showing that no matter how many solo albums Slash delivers and no matter how good they are are he will always have the albatross that is Appetite For Destruction around his neck. You can not be partly responisble for the most influential metal album of the last 25 years and not play tracks from it. In fact 50 of that album was played tonight. Lets not brush aside his solo carear though and The tracks off of both his solo albums were stupendous. Myles Kennedy made Ghost and Gotten his own and bass player Todd Kerns ripped up Dr Alibi. when it all boils down to it no body cared that 50 of the set was covers of GnR or Slashs Snakepit songs the fact was we witnessed possibly the coolest guitarist on the planet with one of the best singers on the planet put on just over 2 hours of ROCK N F$*ING ROLL .
large venue, smell was awful inside. (stale urine) acoustics good for an arena but not brilliant. Could have done with a bit more direction when queuing - i was standing but joined a queue in front of seating entrance along with loads of others that were standing - luckily we all went in through the same entrance but apparently at other concerts at this venue the standing queue is sometimes outside.
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators (04/03/13) - excellent show
Ran approx. 30 mins late but not bothered. Warm up band The Treatment were really good. Crowd erupted when Slash came on stage and never stopped until the end. He gave a great show, very streamlined without any hiccups, which is what can only be expected from such a rock legend.
Address: Capital FM Arena Nottingham
Bolero Square, The Lace Market
Nottingham has two main bus stations, Broadmarsh and Victoria, each of which are a ten minute walk from the venue. Several Nottingham City Transport (NCT) bus services drop you right outside the venue and Trent Barton has several bus services which run past it - Trent Barton also offer discounted tickets to anyone travelling to an event at Capital FM Arena Nottingham.
The Lace Market tram stop on Fletcher Gate is a three minute walk from the venue. Trams run at least every 10 minutes until midnight. In addition there are several free ‘Park and Glide’ sites on the system: Moor Bridge just off the A611 south of Hucknall, Phoenix Park just off the M1 at junction 26, Wilkinson Street just off the ring road in Basford and The Forest just off Gregory Boulevard. You can find out more at www.thetram.net. Prices range from £1 for a single fare to £5.50 for a group rider.
Nottingham Train Station is a ten minute walk from the venue. For timetable and fare information contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484 950. Northern Rail offers regular local and regional train services between Leeds and Nottingham. Click here to visit the Northern Rail website. East Midlands Trains operate regular trains to and from Nottingham.
East Midlands Airport is a 45 minute drive from the venue. The Skylink bus service operates from East Midlands Airport direct to Nottingham up to every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Families of up to five adults can travel on the family ticket priced at £10 return. Adults can travel for £5 single or £7 return.
Taxis are available outside the venue on Lower Parliament Street and throughout the city at designated taxi ranks.
Our top tip is to not necessarily head for the car park nearest the Arena as this is what everyone else will do! An extra five minute walk could save you 30 minutes at the end of an event.
Car parks within a five minute walk
• Fletcher Gate (City Council) - 1,200 spaces
• Stoney Street (NCP) - 350 spaces
Car parks within a ten minutes walk
• Broadmarsh Centre (City Council) - 1200 spaces
• Huntingdon Street (Metro Car Parks) - 250 spaces
Car parks greater than a ten minute walk
• Mount Street (NCP) - 500 spaces
• St James Street (NCP) - 275-475 spaces
• Royal Moat House (part of Crowne Plaza Hotel) - 625 spaces
• Talbot Street - 440 spaces
• Victoria Centre - 1050 spaces
• Trinity Square - 425 spaces
• Euro Car Park - 220 spaces
At the Capital FM Arena Nottingham we do our utmost to ensure that neither by action nor inaction, will any individual or group be reasonably excluded from any activities, facilities or services we offer.
The venue is easily accessible for visitors with mobility difficulties and accessibility needs. We work closely with ‘Attitude Is Everything’ who improve disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry to implement a charter of best practice in the UK.
If you would like to be involved in one of our accessibility focus groups or have any feedback relating to access issues at our venue, please contact Stephen Chaston our Accessibility Officer by email or alternatively by calling 0115 853 3029.
Lifts & Wheelchair Access
Lifts operate to all floors within the venue and are wide enough to accommodate a standard wheelchair. Lift dimensions and key door sizes are shown here.
A hearing assistance system is installed within the main arena bowl for customers with hearing difficulties; this is accessed via an infra-red headset available from the Ticketing & Customer Services Office during events. Hearing loops are also installed in our conference suites located on levels 3 and 4 of the venue. For further information please contact our Ticketing & Customer Services Team on 0843 373 3000.
Accessible Toilets & Changing Facilities
The Capital FM Arena Nottingham has an area for people with a disability to get changed. In fact, we’re the first Arena in the UK to benefit from new facilities to ensure the venue is more accessible for all.
Located on Level 3 of our venue and accessible via the main foyer, our Changing Places area includes the following facilities:
• A mobile height adjustable changing bench
• A ceiling track hoist system to lift people between wheelchairs and the toilet/changing bench
• Enough space to ensure the bench and toilet can be approached from either side.
For Health and Safety reasons we do not provide slings. Customers are asked to bring their own which should be compatible with the loop system.
This facility is located on Level 3 and is available from 9.00am to 11.00pm. During the hours of 9.00am to 9.00pm please contact Ticketing & Customer Services Offices located on Level 2 before using this facility. During the hours of 9.00pm to 11.00pm please contact the nearest member of staff before using this facility. A RADAR key is available upon request. For more information visit the Accessibility section of the website.
Assistance dogs are welcome at the venue, but please be aware that noise levels can be high during some events. At the time of booking please let our Ticketing & Customer Services Team know if an assistance dog will be accompanying you to the venue.
Disabled Car Parking
A public disabled car park is located next to the Arena on Dean Street. It is operated by Nottingham City Council on a first come first serve basis and can’t be booked in advance. There are also a few disabled parking spaces on Barker Gate opposite the venue.