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Latest News

SPOTY 2013: Extra Tickets Released

A limited number of additional tickets go on sale for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013 this Friday at 9:00am.

Posted on: 28 November 2013
Ant and Dec's Takeaway on Tour - New Date Added!

Ant and Dec's Takeaway on Tour will stop by for an extra date at the first direct arena, Wednesday August 13th 2014 - tickets on sale Friday!

Posted on: 27 November 2013
First Direct Arena Turns Purple For World Prematurity Day

The first direct arena was the first building in the UK to change colour in recognition of World Prematurity Day.

Posted on: 22 November 2013
WWE Live to Return to First Direct Arena, May 2014

Following on from the success of last Thursday’s smash evening, WWE Live will be returning to the first direct arena this summer.

Posted on: 18 November 2013
War of the Worlds Invades Leeds, December 2014!

Next Christmas at the first direct arena, for the first and last time, one of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is to return for the sixth and final time in 2014.

Posted on: 18 November 2013
Multi-platinum classical quartet Il Divo come to Leeds

Il Divo - the record-breaking classical crossover group who has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide - will bring hit album Il Divo – A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live to the first direct arena next October.

Posted on: 18 November 2013
Robbie Williams: Swings Both Ways Tour - June 16th 2014, Leeds

The one and only Robbie Williams will be bringing his Swings Both Ways Tour to the first direct arena, June 16th 2014. Tickets on sale December 6th.

Posted on: 18 November 2013
Woodhouse Tunnel - Engineering Work

Arena patrons are advised that the Department of Transport are undertaking a 2 year programme of Tunnel Strengthening on the A 58 (M).

Posted on: 13 November 2013
Manic Street Preachers, March 28th 2014

MANIC STREET PREACHERS will go on tour in Spring 2014, their first arena dates since a one off singles show in 2011.

Posted on: 12 November 2013
Tinie Tempah - First Direct Arena Date Cancelled

Tinie Tempah has announced today that his date at the first direct arena on December 6th is to be cancelled.

Posted on: 12 November 2013
First Direct Arena Nominated For Pollstar Live Award

SMG Europe operated venue, First Direct Arena, has been nominated for the “Best New Major Concert Venue of the Year” award by Pollstar Magazine, the concert industry’s leading publication.

Posted on: 12 November 2013
Depeche Mode Come to Leeds on Wednesday

Depeche Mode are coming to Leeds, November 13th 2013, and we're offering a chance to win two tickets to the show to our social media fans!

Posted on: 09 November 2013
Ant and Dec's Takeaway on Tour - On Sale Now!

Tickets for Ant & Dec's Takeaway on Tour, August 12th 2014 at the first direct arena, are now on sale.

Posted on: 08 November 2013
Alfie Boe - On Sale Now!

Tickets for Alfie Boe at the first direct arena, December 5th 2014, are now on general sale.

Posted on: 08 November 2013
Ant and Dec & Alfie Boe - On Sale Friday November 8th

Ant & Dec's Takeaway on Tour 2014, August 12th 2014, and Alfie Boe, December 5th 2014, go on general sale tomorrow, at 9am and 10am respectively.

Posted on: 07 November 2013
Classical Singing Sensation Comes to Leeds!

Alfie Boe, formerly known as ‘The Nation’s Favourite Tenor', will be coming to the first direct arena next Christmas as part of his second UK arena tour.

Posted on: 05 November 2013
SPOTY 2013 Now Sold Out

Tickets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013 at the first direct arena, Leeds, are sold out. More tickets will be available towards the end of November, once the stage plans have been finalised.

Posted on: 01 November 2013