First Direct Arena Leeds

On the 5th November 2008 the announcement was made to confirm the new Leeds Arena venue location

On the 5th November 2008 the announcement was made to confirm the new Leeds Arena venue location would be behind the Merrion Centre and Yorkshire Bank buildings on Claypit Lane, part of the site was then occupied by an empty building (2008) which was previously part of Leeds Metropolitan University.

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. It is anticpated that the venue will have 12,500 seats and be suitable for a wide variety of entertainment and sporting events.