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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  • Had my first visit here a few months ago.The ques looked long but actually went down quickly. Inside it is sign posted well,lots staff, clean. Prices at bar are average. Seating is good inside,There i...  more »
  • Without a doubt the best arena in the UK, nice clean arena with good staff and food and drink options. Seen lots of acts ranging from comedy to the tour de France ceremony and it's always top quality.  more »
  • I prefer the seating / sytanding area near the front but I have also sat at the back and there's a good view from a nywhere really. Plenty of toilets and bars too.  more »
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  • Excellent! Really easy to get too with loads of room outside and when you get through the doors. Seats we were in had a really good view and it looks like there isn't any 'bad seats'. Good to get out of too not getting all jammed up. Friendly staff as well!
  • Buy a good ticket or take a telescope. Steep rake to the seating isn't always good for atmosphere. Obviously it depends on who you see but this is a decent enough arena venue overall.
  • Great place, went to see impractical jokers. Massive, good atmosphere. Nice staff. Chairs could be more accommodating for the larger people but apart from that best night ever.
  • Saw a Neil Diamond concert. Security tight but efficient, friendly and non obtrusive. Taxi system at end of show absolutely appallingly. No obvious system or taxi rank. Given 3 different locations by arena staff!
  • Great venue. Only half full tonight but still a good night. Security has been increased this last time I went. No water or chewing gum allowed. Bags checked but they were professional.

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