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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  • 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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