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first direct arena Leeds is a purpose built major entertainment venue located in the centre of Leeds. The first direct Arena's unique ‘super-theatre’ style has been designed to enhance the customer experience with all seats facing the stage. Everyone, spectators and performers alike, can enjoy a more intimate atmosphere with reduced viewing distances relative to the capacity of the venue – over 12,300 seated or 13,500 with a standing floor.
first direct arena Leeds primarily hosts live music, comedy and entertainment shows along with sporting events creating a modern, cutting edge, multi-event venue for Leeds. Some of the huge acts that have graced the first direct Arena include Elton John, JLS, Andrea Bocelli, Kaiser Chiefs, Micky Flanagan, Cirque Du Soleil and Miranda Hart.
first direct arena Leeds is operated by SMG Europe. SMG is a world leader in venue management, marketing and development and also operates the Phones 4uArena in Manchester and the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
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Children under the age of two are admitted free, except for children's shows (e.g. Cbeebies etc.) where the age limit may be lower. Children without a ticket will not be allocated a seat and must sit on the parents lap. Children aged 14 years and under are encouraged to purchase seated tickets. Any under 14s in the seating area must be accompanied by an adult.
Whether you are a company looking to entertain clients, or a fanatical concertgoer looking for world-class hospitality within a word-class venue, then first direct arena is the perfect choice.
first direct arena offer 4 levels of hospitality to suite everyone’s budget:
- Singe event hospitality packages: the luxury experience: superb level 1 seating and early entry. As well as access into our premier lounge where you will receive a welcome drink and the chance to order gourmet dining the suite experience:
- Exclusive private hospitality boxes that can accommodate up to sixteen guests in privacy and luxury with their own balcony offering the best views of all the action, and a champagne reception
Annual hospitality packages the premier club:
- Guaranteed access to the same seats for every show, early entry into the venue, and access to our exclusive Premier Lounge, where you can relax in beautiful surroundings and indulge in our exquisite dining options. It truly is a great place to soak up the pre-event atmosphe.
- the pinnacle suites: Exclusive private hospitality boxes that can accommodate up to 16 guests in privacy and luxury with their own balcony offering the best views of all the action at the first direct arena and guaranteeing a fantastic experience for those guests and clients that matter to you
For further information please call their Corporate Hospitality team on 0113 3863 600 or e-mail email@example.com
To be the first to hear about the first direct arena’s exciting hospitality opportunities (including exclusive executive suites on an annual basis or for a specific event, a seat debenture annual membership scheme, and event by event lounge packages) email the venue at firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected reviews for this venue:
Jo WW, 17/02/15
The only thing Id criticise with the venue is the size/view/clarity of the screens when youre up in the gods just meant straining a bit.
Kaiser Chiefs (17/02/15) - Entertaining and Creative but ruined by support
Really took some getting into following the support act hence the good rating. They kind of set the mood for me and it wasnt a good one, I wasnt expecting anything overly special but words cannot describe how annoying & repetative they were with some weird computerised/monotone voice intended to replicate old fashioned radio/tv broadcasting, had they at least made the effort to involve the crowd personally by actual speaking themselves or attempting vocals themselves it would have been a little more bearable. I was actually at the point where I just wanted to walk out. Once the Kaiser Chiefs came on it took me sometime for my ears to recover from the support act and my mood to lift. With the Kaisers one or two performaces and involving crowds were almost identical to when I saw them at a festival last year which was a bit predictable from my point of view. The sound and lighting was really good and obviously the songs themselves were performed brilliantly as expected, I also liked the creativity towards the end with the mock backstage roasting. The atmosphere when I predict a riot came on made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!
Address: first direct arena
Clay Pit Lane
Wade Lane/Lovell Park Road
Nearest Bus Stations & Services (information subject to change)
Leeds City Bus Station, York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7HU
16 16A Pudsey
16 16A Whinmoor via Leeds City Centre
86A Swinnow 49 Bramley Bus Depot
49 Monkswood Gate via Leeds City Centre
80 Old Farnley
91 Halton Moor
86 87 Middleton
86A St James's Hospital
91A St James's Hospital
Leeds Corn Exchange Bus Point, New Market Street and Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6DG
64 64A Aberford
3 3A White Rose Centre/Cottingley
74 74A Belle Isle
5 14 Halton Moor
62 62A Cross Green
85 87 Morley
12 13 13A Middleton
63A Temple Newsam/Seacroft
163 166 Castleford
19 19A Colton/Garforth
Leeds Station Interchange, New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4JE
19 Ireland Wood
95 Bodington Hall
5 Old Farnley
757 Leeds Bradford Airport
85 87 Bramley
870 Ilkley (Sundays Only)
16 16A Farsley/Pudsey
Leeds City Bus – 50p charge
Mon – Fri every 8 – 10 mins from 0630 – 1910
Sat every 8 – 10mins from 0750 – 1910
For full details go to www.wymetro.com
first direct arena will have covered and uncovered cycle stands available for use by visitors. Leeds City Council is developing a network of core cycle routes in Leeds that will improve conditions for cyclists. Further information will be made available nearer to the opening of the Arena.
Located on Dyer Street next to Leeds City Bus Station and approx. 15min walk from first direct arena the coach station provides national and regional connections to a wide variety of destinations.
Leeds Bus Station is Wheelchair Friendly, which allows easy access for wheel chair users. All bays at the station have also been modified so that wheelchair users can get on and off buses easily.
We are also registered as a “Safe Place”, which allows support and help for any persons with a disability to come into the station and ask for assistance.
Nearest Train Station
Leeds City Station on New Station Street is around a 15min walk from first direct arena and a major hub on the national, regional and local rail network providing connections to a wide variety of destinations.
Nearest Taxi Ranks
Available at a number of locations adjacent to the Arena - Merrion Way (after 2200), Wade Lane, Merrion Street, Woodhouse Lane, Cookridge Steet and Portland Way.
Travel Information Updates available at www.leedstravel.info
Live travel information will be available at customer services in the Arena during events.
Within 400m of the Arena, over 2800 car parking spaces are provided at four main car parks:
Woodhouse Lane Car Park (1,226 spaces including 12 wheelchair accessible spaces). Recently refurbished multi-storey car park on Woodhouse Lane with access to / from Woodhouse Lane and the A58(M) Inner Ring Road. 5 minutes walk from the Arena.
The Merrion Centre Car Park (1050 including 12 wheelchair accessible spaces). Multi-storey car park part of the Merrion Centre and the nearest to the Arena with access to / from Merrion Way.
St John’s Centre (285 spaces). Multi-story car park part of the St John’s Shopping Centre with access to /from Merrion Street.
Rose Bowl Car Park (273 spaces). The Rose Bowl has two public car parks – one surface with 73 spaces (including 5 wheelchair accessible spaces) and an underground multi-storey car park with another 200 spaces with access from Portland Crescent, via the left-in only junction with Woodhouse Lane. Exit is via Portland Crescent, Portland Gate, Cookridge Street to the Woodhouse Lane / Claypit Lane junction.
first direct arena has been designed to be accessible to everyone. If the information you require is not listed below, please contact our Accessibility co-ordinator by telephone on 0844 248 1585 or in person at the first direct arena new on-site Ticket Office. This is located to the left hand side of the main entrance doors at the venue, past the first direct bar. Opening hours are Monday-Friday 10.00am-5.00pm and Saturdays 10.00am-3.00pm, subject to change. The ticket office opens early on show nights and on sale days.
Provisions have been made to cater for wheelchair users. Lifts have been installed and it is possible to enter the arena by all main entrances. Access to the upper tier of seating (BLK 321 and above) may require the negotiation of steep steps and so may not be suitable for the elderly, infirm or those with mobility problems, the front of BLK 321 and above is 19m from ground level and rises to 29m at the rear of the block.