first direct arena located in the vibrant city centre of Leeds, a world-class venue with a choice of luxury function rooms and versatile spaces, boosting a breathtaking and unique design. Hosting live music, comedy, entertainment shows, conventions, exhibitions, conferences and sporting events, and was voted Best New Venue in the World at the 2014 stadium business awards.
The Arena’s unique “super theatre” style configuration is designed to enhance the visitor experience, with all seats facing the stage and high quality acoustics providing the best experience in the UK.
Ideal venue to stage your Product Launch, Exhibition, Dinner, Convention, Awards, AGM, Conference, Celebration, Fund Raiser, Meeting, Roadshow, Car Launch, Fashion Show, Reception. All state of the art facilities available as expected.
Event organisers will be truly excited by our tailored approach of ensuring that expectations are exceeded with every ‘touch point’ – be prepared to ‘wow’ your guests with an unforgettable event experience.
The main auditorium has the capacity to transform into a diverse banquet, conference or special event space for up to 12,000 people.
If your event deserves first class facilities with a difference it belongs at first direct arena.
Our professional, skilled in-house bars and catering team are able to cater for a variety of occasions. They can feed 13,000 concert goers or cater for smaller events and conferences.
With menus ranging from light breakfasts to delicious hot and cold buffets, from stylish canapés to impressive three course dinners. Whatever the occasion our head chef and his team can create the perfect menu to compliment your event.
Our bars and catering team led by our food and beverage director will provide a seamless service to enhance the experience for your guests.
Since opening in September 2013 we have played host to BBC Sports Personality of the Year and The Grand Depart (Tour De France Opening Ceremony and Gala Dinner).
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