First Direct Arena

The first direct arena (also known as the Leeds Arena) is a 13,500 capacity entertainment focused arena in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is the first in the United Kingdom to have a fan-shaped orientation.

The arena officially opened its doors on 4 September 2013 with Sir Elton John, playing to an audience of 12,000. Bruce Springsteen had, however, held the first concert on 24 July 2013, with an audience of 13,000. The arena's opening season in 2013 later included acts including Kaiser Chiefs, Rod Stewart and Depeche Mode.

The building has been nominated as one of England's greatest landmarks. and won best new venue in the world in 2014

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