The 60th edition of BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be broadcast live from Leeds on Sunday, 15 December 2013.
The star-studded BBC Sport awards show will take place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, in front of an estimated 12,000 capacity crowd.
The Leeds Arena site covers an area of over 5 acres, and has been selected as the preferred location by senior councillors in Leeds for the construction of the multi-million pound venue. The council will own the land and the building, the Leeds Arena will be managed by the selected operator SMG.
Leeds unveils the first direct Arena, as the Leeds based bank announces major sponsorship deal.
The first direct arena will have a pre-launch event on July 24th with Bruce Springsteen, followed by its official opening by Sir Elton John on the 4th of September.
The Quo will be playing the 13,500-capacity venue on December 17 2013, it has been confirmed.
Support band will be 10CC, who scored massive chart successes during the 1970s with songs such as Rubber Bullets and I’m Not In Love.
Tickets for the Status Quo gig are available from £38.50 and go on sale from Friday 12th April 2013
Tickets for the Depeche Mode gig are priced £45 and go on sale on Friday 12th April 2013.
Depeche Mode will play the 13,500-capacity venue on Wednesday, November 13 2013
The world famous band are booked on stage at the Leeds Arena on Wednesday 27th November 2013 as part of their all-new greatest hits tour.
Wed 24 Jul 2013 Bruce Springsteen
LEEDS ARENA OFFICIALLY OPENS SEPTEMBER 2013
Wed 4 Sep 2013 Elton John
Fri 13 Sep 2013 Kaiser Chiefs
Sat 14 Sep 2013 Andrea Bocelli
Fri 27 Sep 2013 Micky Flanagan
Arena bosses are squaring up for a regional battle after a long-established rival to Leeds’s newest venue announced a multi-million pound revamp.
Sheffield Arena has announced a £2m project which it said would improve customer experience and attract the biggest names.
The Boss heads to Leeds Arena.
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has blasted the bosses of his hometown's new venue after they replaced the British group as the Leeds Arena's opening act for concerts headlined by Sir Elton John and Bruce Springsteen.
Rock star Bruce Springsteen is to "road test" the new Leeds Arena in July ahead of its official opening in September, Leeds City Council has revealed.
Leeds: the Knightsbridge of the North
Work was today due to start on the re-development of an ageing Leeds car park as part of the city’s concert arena scheme. The Woodhouse Lane multi-storey has been earmarked as one of the main car parks that will serve the 13,500-capacity arena when it opens in 2013.
BAM Construction has been selected to build the Populous-designed venue, having already carried out preparatory work at the Claypit Lane site. [Source Leisureweek Feb 2011]