Metro Radio Arena

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Metro Radio Arena

Whether you’re big on basketball or a super fan of strong man competitions, you’ll find a huge range of sporting events to choose from at the Metro Radio Arena. Since being opened by Torvill and Dean in 1995, the 11,000 seater arena has provided the city with a venue large enough for touring music acts and major sports. Previously known as the Newcastle Arena, over seven million people had attended an event at the venue by the time it was renamed as the Metro Radio Arena in 2004.

With a great reputation for sporting events, including ice hockey, basketball, tennis, darts, boxing, wrestling and strong man competitions, the Metro Radio Arena also hosts music events, all night dance parties and conventions.

Getting around the venue

With crowds of up to 11,000 at its events, the Metro Radio Arena can be busy but it’s got the facilities for the job.

Whether it’s fully seated and in the round or standing in the bowl, the Arena has the flexibility to change its layout to suit the sport it’s hosting. Check the Metro Radio Arena website to find out about the layout and facilities for your event.

With designated parking and seating areas, as well as free companion tickets, the Metro Radio Arena prides itself on being accessible to everyone. Let the venue know about your special requirements via email and they’ll ensure everything is ready for your visit.

Top tip

Why not book your parking space when you buy your tickets online? You might even be able to get one of the limited number of discounted spaces available for certain events.

Eating and drinking

After watching all that sporting action, you’re bound to feel ready for a drink and a meal.

Head out of the Arena and you’ll find an array of restaurants on its doorstep. Try award winning curries at Akbar’s or wine and dine at Gusto. Whatever you feel like, you have your pick of eateries nearby the Metro Radio Arena.

There are plenty of bars in the Arena, but if you explore the surrounding area you’ll find lots of other options. Have pre-event drinks at Tiger Tiger or late night cocktails at Bonbar, check out some music at The Globe or enjoy the atmosphere in Revolution, the choice is yours.

Getting to the Metro Radio Arena

Standing on the outskirts of the city, you’ll need to plan your journey to the angel. Or make getting there a breeze by booking into a hotel near the statue. Premier Inn Newcastle South is just a ten minute drive away, or try Premier Inn Newcastle Team Valley which is just off the A1.

By car
There are plenty of official parking spaces available at the rear of the Arena but, if these are full, there’s also an NCP car park nearby on Redheugh Bridge Road.

By bus
If you’re taking the bus, the 11 and 12 routes stop to the north of the Arena, while Eldon Square and Haymarket bus stations are a 10 minute walk away.

By train
The Arena is a convenient 10 minutes’ walk east of Newcastle Central station, meaning you won’t miss any of the action if you travel by train.

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