The First Direct Arena, Leeds officially opened its doors on 4 September 2013 . It has a capacity of 13,500 and hosts live music, comedy, entertainment shows and sporting events. Voted Best New Venue in the World 2014 at the Stadium Business Awards, the First Direct arena has played host to some incredible artists since opening in September 2013.
No backpacks, holdalls, suitcases will be admitted into the venue. Patrons will be refused entry if they attempt to enter the venue with the prohibited item. Patrons with accessible and medical requirements/equipment will be considered on an individual basis but encouraged to contact the venue in advance for ease of entry. There will be no temporary storage facilities for such items within the venue and it will be left to the patron to find a safe temporary facility to hold the item. The venue will not be responsible for late admission or non-admission as a result of this policy. All remaining bags will be searched. Smoking areas are located on Level 2 of the Arena, at either ends of the concourses away from the main stairs. Unfortunately for Health and Safety reasons, there will not be an opportunity for the general public to leave and re-enter the venue. A strict policy of no re-admission to the venue will be enforced. Electronic cigarettes are not permitted for use inside, due to the sophistication of these devices, it is increasingly difficult to identify guests in the auditorium smoking compared to those smoking electronic cigarettes. To assist with this, guests who wish to use these devices are requested to use the external smoking areas.
There are no age restrictions to any shows, unless requested by the visiting artist, however we request that no children under 14 come unaccompanied and we also advise that no under 14s go on the floor for standing floor shows. Please be aware that during concerts people may stand up.