First Direct Arena, Leeds

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First Direct Arena, formerly known as the Leeds Arena, is an entertainment arena featuring popular and modern artists as well as sports events. A few celebrities you may see here include Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Pearl Jam, Andrea Bocelli, and many more. If you want to enjoy something other than music, there are also other performances, such as comedians, The X Factor, Cirque du Soleil, Dancing on Ice, and World Wrestling Entertainment. The arena is the first in the United Kingdom to have a fan-shaped orientation. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Leeds holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the First Direct Arena and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We came here for Disney on Ice. Did not mind waiting to get in as full security check was in place. The venue met our needs, had plenty of toilet facilities and offered food and drink options should w...  more »
  • It was my first time visiting this arena and I really liked the seating layout. Security was tough but polite. As with all arenas, the refreshments were a little pricey. Would visit again.  more »
  • I have been here twice, both for Doctor Who's Symphonic Spectacular and James Blunt. On both occasions we sat on the first tier to the far right of the stage, and what a venue it is. It is the only ar...  more »
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  • Great arena. Well set out with friendly staff and security. Food and drinks are predictably expensive and average in quality. Getting in and out the venue at busy times is a breeze and there is a lot of safe, traffic free space outside. Only 4 stars because of the prices inside, otherwise a nice, clean and professionally run arena.
  • First time here for the Noel Gallagher concert. Excellent place if you know where to park. Security reassuringly good but quick enough. Food and drink usual prices for such venues. Was standing so can't comment on seating but overall a good concert space, large but not overwhelming and screenage worked really well. Amazingly quick to vacate at the end.
  • I have been to many concerts at the first direct Arena and am always impressed with the venue. The fan shaped auditorium gives great unrestricted views, although block 3 is quite high up. In my opinion the best views can be gained in block 1 and towards the front of block 2. The venue also has food and drink concessions which I have found to be OK and in line with expectations for this type of venue. The Arena also has the advantage of being in Leeds City Centre so benefits from all the other nearby city amenities, pubs, restaurants, hotels etc. and good transport links with a couple of multistorey car parks nearby.
  • Nice place, clean well organized when the event was on but as everyone knows they charge an absolute fortune for drinks and food. The staff could have been a bit more polite and better mannered but part from that would definitely recommend going to watch a gig there. Just try and park somewhere different that the multi story car park right next to it. Takes a hell of a lot of time to get out waited at least 1hr 30 mins to get out.
  • Went here to see Strictly on tour and it was a fantastic experience. I would recommend getting seats lower down, we were in 108 and this gave us a side view but still got us close up to the action. The acoustics and lighting were superb. Snacks and drinks were a little bit expensive but compared to other venues they were about average. The flow of people in and out of the building was well managed, courteous and helpful. If your favourite artist ever plays here don't miss out!
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