Elton John opens Arena

The First Direct Arena in Leeds officially opens tonight with Elton John taking to the stage.

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Arena is "incredible addition" to Leeds

The offical opening concert at the First Direct Arena has been hailed a great success - and the venue itself described as an "incredible addition" to the city.

Teams of special volunteer city ambassadors were out in force across the city centre to welcome visitors last night. They greeted people arriving at railway and bus stations and other key access points to the city to help direct them to car parks and to the arena.

Taxi marshals were also on hand to point people to nearby ranks and extra staff joined the round-the-clock city centre cleansing teams, who put on extra bins and ensured the area was thoroughly cleared overnight.

When the council first pledged to ensure an arena would be built for the city of Leeds it was with the determination that it would be a cutting-edge venue with superb design and technical specifications to attract the finest of the world’s performing artists. Now we have firmly achieved that, in no small part due to very successful partnerships with everyone involved in the project, from design through to construction. It is a very special performance place that is an incredible addition to the city ....... (and) will further increase Leeds’ appeal and bring in more and more visitors.”

– Leeds City Council leader Cllr Keith Wakefield

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