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First Direct Arena

From major music stars to wrestling titans, you’ll find them all and much more at the First Direct Arena. Make a weekend of it by staying at a Premier Inn First Direct Arena Hotel and you'll be close to some great attractions,world-class museums and some of the finest shopping in the North.

First Direct Arena, Leeds
First Direct Arena, Leeds


Once the largest city in the UK without a major venue, in 2013 things changed in Leeds when the First Direct Arena was opened. On the first night, Bruce Springsteen played to a packed arena and the Arena has been pulling in the crowds all year round since then. With room for 13,500 excited fans, the Arena has hosted a huge array of international music artists, from Dolly Parton to Drake, as well as big events including World Wrestling, X Factor and the MOBO Awards.

Top tip

Big events attract equally big crowds. Make sure you arrive as close to the advertised door time as possible to avoid queues and get to your seat in plenty of time.

Getting there

Situated in Leeds’ compact city centre, you’ll have no trouble getting to the Arena.

Getting around the venue

Promising a perfect view from every seat, the First Direct Arena is great venue for any event.

Whether it’s a sporting spectacular or a major music event, the arena’s super theatre fan shape and excellent acoustics means you won’t miss any of the action. Want to know where you’ll be sitting? Check out the First Direct Arena website for seating plans.

From the entrances to seats, the First Direct Arena has been designed to be fully accessible to everyone. If you email or call the venue to let them know about your requirements, they’ll arrange everything so you can relax and enjoy the event.

Eating and drinking

Looking for a pre-show bite to eat? There’s plenty of choice in and around the First Direct Arena.

Pizza slices

Inside the arena

Want to hang out before the show or grab a drink during the interval? Head to the fd bar. Looking for something to eat in the Arena? From hot dogs and pizzas to burgers and fries, you’ll find lots of fast food options on offer.

Thai noodles

Near the arena

Located right in the heart of the city, the Arena is close to places to eat and drink. You’ll be spoilt for choice with everything from high street favourites, like Zizzi and Las Iguanas, to local favourites, like Bulgogi Grill and My Thai Leeds, on the Arena’s doorstep.

Looking for a hotel in Leeds?

From Leeds’ city centre to its leafy suburbs and beautiful surrounding countryside, you'll find lots of great hotels in Leeds. If you need to be central, try the First Direct Arena Hotel and Trinity Leeds Hotel, or Leeds City West for Elland Road. For those jetting in, check out Leeds/Bradford Airport hotel.