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Latest News


The schedule for the 2022 Premier League darts season has been confirmed, with the tournament set to visit the first direct arena on Thursday April 7.

Posted on: 22 February 2021
Christmas Gift Certificate

Thinking of buying someone tickets for a show at the first direct arena for Christmas? Download our print at home Gift Certificate here

Posted on: 27 November 2020
Transfer Your Tickets

Give the gift of tickets this Christmas

Posted on: 25 November 2020
Gary Barlow - Hospitality

Treat yourself to one of our amazing hospitality packages for Gary Barlow

Posted on: 07 October 2020
Steps Hospitality

Treat yourself to one of our amazing hospitality packages for Steps.

Posted on: 16 September 2020
John Bishop - Hospitality

Treat yourself to one of our amazing hospitality packages for John Bishop

Posted on: 15 September 2020
Giants Live Arena Tour Update

Europe's Strongest Man rescheduled to 2021

Posted on: 14 August 2020
James Blunt Hospitality

Treat yourself to one of our amazing hospitality packages

Posted on: 16 July 2020
Europe's Strongest Man UPDATE

Update – upcoming shows impacted by Covid-19

Posted on: 14 July 2020

The show at the first direct arena will now take place on Friday 18th June 2021. All tickets remain valid

Posted on: 10 July 2020

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation worldwide, the performances of Cirque du Soleil - Corteo in Leeds June 18 – 21 2020 will not be able to go ahead. We are working on new dates for the performances, and will be in touch with more information as soon as possible.

Posted on: 26 May 2020
5 Seconds of Summer - Official Statement


Posted on: 06 May 2020
VenueShield Environmental Hygiene Program Launched

first direct arena operators ASM Global introduce industry-leading protocols to provide trusted protection for the live experience when facilities across the globe begin to reopen and welcome guests back.

Posted on: 30 April 2020
Accessible tickets now available online

Following a successful trial period the first direct arena are pleased to announce that accessible tickets are now available to purchase online.

Posted on: 24 April 2020
LOL Comedy Club -  26th March

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Clubs is here in Leeds to make you LOL, lol!   They're the people who previously booked Jason Manford, John Bishop, Sarah Millican and Russell Howard before they were household names.

Posted on: 13 March 2020

After serious consideration, it is with much regret that THE WHO have postponed their U.K. tour, due to start next Monday March 16th in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and finishing at Wembley SSE Arena on April 8th. The dates will be rescheduled for later in the year. All tickets will be honoured.

Posted on: 12 March 2020
James Arthur

Important Information regarding tonights James Arthur show

Posted on: 11 March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The wellbeing of all our visitors and staff members is our number one priority. The UK risk has been increased from low to moderate although the risk to individuals in the UK remains low and our events continue as normal.

Posted on: 02 March 2020
Rugby League Rumble

A boxing fundraising event for Rob Burrow and Mose Masoe

Posted on: 21 February 2020
first direct arena is going cashless

We’ve gone cashless to speed up sales and reduce our customers’ waiting time. The first direct arena is now cashless on bars in ALL AREAS of the arena will only accept card or contactless payments, this includes the following locations:

Posted on: 13 February 2020