An arena steeped in history – Oasis played their first ever stadium show at the FlyDSA Arena in 1995 – the stadium welcomes nearly 700,000 customers through its doors every year, showing an average of one show every three days.
A short distance from the M1, getting to and from the FlyDSA Arena is easy via car. There are over 1,200 parking spaces on-site spread over several car parks – it’s advisable to pre-book your parking ticket, with rates starting from £5. Park and ride facilities are available from the Meadowhall train station and Sheffield Parkway, with trams every 10 minutes at peak times. Tram tickets include car parking and unlimited tram travel on the day of purchase. The Arena/Don Valley tram is a two-minute walk from the stadium, and tickets can be purchased on board. You can access the Arena via either the City Centre train station – and then a 10-minute taxi or Supertram journey – or by using the Meadowhall interchange and a five-minute tram ride. Our Arena hotel is perfectly placed, just 10 minutes’ walk away.
Everyone – and we mean everyone – has played at the Arena in the last 25 years. U2, Elton John, Lionel Richie, Pink, The Who, Metallica – the stadium has welcomed the great and good of pop, rock and dance music through the decades. But the 13,500 capacity stadium isn’t dedicated to just music – the Arena has hosted events as diverse as Britain’s Strongest Man, and Disney on Ice and conferences like Comic Con, An Evening With Hulk Hogan and The X Factor. A versatile space, it’s been filled with 2,000 tons of dirt to create a six-lane dirt track, has hosted 20 life-size dinosaurs and is home to the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team, hosting 25-30 games a season.
Feeding thousands of hungry fans isn’t an easy task, but there are eight food and drink outlets on site to help satisfy the demand. Don’t expect gastronomic delights, but if pizza, hotdogs, snacks and fizzy drinks are your thing, then you’ll be well catered for. If you have extra time before the event, head across Broughton Lane to the entertainment complex next to the Hollywood Bowl. There you’ll find Italian chain Bella Italia, Tex-Mex outlet Chiquito, and Frankie & Benny’s, as well as independent pub The Wentworth a little further up, offering an impressive selection of beers and ales as well as a roaring log fire in winter.
What do Jarvis Cocker, snooker and cutlery have in common? The South Yorkshire university city of Sheffield. Back in the day, Sheffield was a major player in the Industrial Revolution and coal mining industry. These days, “Steel City” is less grey and more green – in fact, 61% of Sheffield is now green space. So if you’re after a breath of fresh air alongside urban mod cons, our Sheffield hotels are the place to go.