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Latest News

first direct arena pass the 3 million visitors mark

The 3 millionth customer comes through the first direct arena's doors at huge Westlife concert

Posted on: 13 June 2019
first direct arena announces partnership with LNER

first direct arena are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with train operators LNER in a deal that will directly benefit arena customers.

Posted on: 31 May 2019
WWE Live 2019

WWE Live is a unique blend of sport and entertainment, combining in-ring match action with dramatic entertainment. Bursting with all the drama and energy of a rock concert, in a fun, lively and exciting environment, WWE Live is the ultimate in family entertainment!  See your favorite WWE Superstars as featured on SmackDown Live including:

Posted on: 08 May 2019
Warrington vs Gallahad - Undercard Update

JOSH WARRINGTON MAKES a second defence of his IBF world featherweight title against mandatory challenger Kid Galahad at the first direct arena on June 15 and a number of the supporting acts to this huge main event can now be revealed.

Posted on: 29 April 2019
first direct arena confirms increase to capacity

Following a review of its capacities and operational procedures the first direct arena are delighted to announce a significant increase to the capacity of its standing floor to 4,321.

Posted on: 12 February 2019
LEGENDARY SUPERSTAR CHER ANNOUNCES LEEDS DATE

The legendary Cher has today confirmed she’s heading to the UK in 2019 for her first live dates in over 14 years. The multi-talented Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY Award-winning icon, is set to delight UK fans when she plays five dates across the UK in October 2019 as part of her Here We Go Again World Tour.

Posted on: 11 December 2018
Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You

Global superstar, vocal phenomenon and international icon Mariah Carey tonight kick started the U.K. leg of the hugely successful and critically acclaimed All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour in Nottingham.

Posted on: 10 December 2018
Ticket Office Festive Opening Times 2018

Our festive period opening times for ticket sales have been confirmed

Posted on: 08 December 2018
Couples announced for the Strictly Live Tour 2019

The full line up up of celebrities and their professional partners for next year’s Strictly Come Dancing UK Arena Tour has been announced. Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev; Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard; Graeme Swann and Karen Clifton; Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice will all be joining previously announced Stacey Dooley and Aljaž Skorjanec; Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara; Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell on the road in the New Year.

Posted on: 06 December 2018
Change to Arena Box Office Opening Hours

Please be aware that from Monday 12 November 2018 our box office opening hours for in-person sales and inquiries will change to the following: Monday to Friday 11.00am to 3.00pm Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm

Posted on: 11 November 2018
Leeds Sports Awards 2019

The 16th Leeds Sports Awards will once again take place at first direct Arena on Thursday 28th February 2019.

Posted on: 29 October 2018
WWE - Updated Line up!

WWE LIVE is a unique blend of sport and entertainment, combining in-ring match action with dramatic entertainment. Bursting with all the drama and energy of a rock concert, in a fun, lively and exciting environment, WWE Live is the ultimate in family entertainment! WWE Live returns to Leeds this November!

Posted on: 27 July 2018
Major developments in venue security

The first direct arena, Leeds are delighted to announce the introduction of walk through metal detectors to replace and improve the current manual scanning procedure; with the aim of increasing efficiency and improving the overall experience of gaining entry to the venue.

Posted on: 10 July 2018
Say Hello to Ticketmaster

From Monday 2nd July 2018 Ticketmaster will become the official ticketing partner for the first direct arena.

Posted on: 18 June 2018
Tears For Fears - Tour Reschedule

Posted on: 18 April 2018
first direct bank & first direct arena - Sponsorship win.

first direct bank and its sponsorship of the SMG venue the first direct arena in Leeds , entered by Nielsen Sports, was revealed as the winner of the Naming Rights Sponsorship category at the 24th UK Sponsorship Awards at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on Tuesday, March 26, 2018.

Posted on: 04 April 2018
Win a VIP family ticket to Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment and be part of the show!

Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favourite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.

Posted on: 17 March 2018
Kylie Minogue is coming to Leeds!

KYLIE MINOGUE ANNOUNCES FIRST DIRECT ARENA DATE THURSDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2018 TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 2ND MARCH 2018

Posted on: 23 February 2018
first direct arena ranks 13 in the world for ticket sales

The first direct arena has ranked 13th in the world, 6th in Europe and 4th in the UK for event ticket sales according to Pollstar Magazine’s 2017 Year End Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 200 Arena Venues.

Posted on: 10 January 2018
Last minute gift idea... Print at home with ticket direct

Merry Christmas from the first direct arena. Many of our events have print at home tickets available through ticketdirect, So that last minute gift is just a click away!

Posted on: 15 December 2017