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first direct arena

We sponsor this amazing entertainment venue in Leeds to give you a brilliant experience that goes beyond the banking stuff. Credit cards, loans, mortgages? Sure. Screaming at the top of your voice with 13,000 other fans? Hell yeah.

  • it's in the middle of Leeds' thriving city centre, with easy access to transport
  • hosts the best in modern entertainment, including music, comedy, sport, and awards events
  • 'super theatre' seating: 13,000 seats all face the stage with great viewing distances
  • one of the UK's best sound experiences; high-quality acoustics wherever you're sat
  • there's quick food and drink from stalls or sit-down meals available at the fd bar
  • remember the night forever by taking something home with you from our conveniently-placed merch stands.

From music and comedy to sporting events and award shows, you can watch your favourite stars take the stage at first direct arena, the Best Venue in the World (according to the 2014 Stadium Business Awards).

fd Arena VIP Entrance
fd Arena Bar
fd Arena VIP Bar

How to get to first direct arena

Sat at the top of Leeds city centre, it's easy to get here by feet or wheels. With parking, bus stops, and a railway station just down the road, you have plenty of transport options. We also have covered and uncovered cycle stands and a taxi rank.

Travel by car

Located next to the well-connected Claypit Lane (A58), it's easy to get to and from first direct arena by car. The A64 York Road is a quick way into the city centre from the east, while you can easily get in from the south and west via the M621. Those connect to the M62 and M1, so it's all quite convenient.

For your satnav, use postcode LS2 8BY.

Travel by bus

Being in the city centre, the arena is simple to get to by bus. The nearest stops are Clay Pit Lane, Wade Lane/Lovell Park Road, and Woodhouse Lane, where local services run regularly.

If you're coming from further afield, the closest stations are Leeds City Bus Station, Leeds Corn Exchange, and Leeds Station Interchange.

Travel by train

The closest train station is Leeds Station, which connects to national, regional, and local lines from a huge range of destinations. And it's only a 15-minute walk from the arena.

You can either walk up Albion Street and onto Woodhouse Lane, and then right onto Claypit Lane, or head up Park Row before connecting to Claypit Lane. We're hard to miss - look for a big, beautiful arena.


Parking at first direct arena:

The arena doesn't have its own car park, but there are 7,500 parking spaces within a 15-minute walk, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a spot.

Woodhouse Lane Car Park is just a short walk away, with easy access to the A58 part of the inner ring road. Merrion Centre Car Park is the closest, and is situated just across the road on Merrion Way. Both are open for 24 hours.

first direct arena:

Arena Way, Leeds LS2 8BY

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What's coming up at the first direct arena

Find out which superstars will take over the arena in the next few months:

GIG reviews

"Went to see Celine Dion with my girl friends, it was an excellent gig in a splendid auditorium. Great set up; lovely seats. Easy to access with good parking close by. "

- Sarah, Manchester

"Another belting performance from The Stone Roses! Absolutely loved it, what a fantastic night in a top venue, non-stop singing all night. Roll on the next."

- Carly, Leeds

"Went to see John Legend on Friday and it was absolutely amazing. The sound quality was fantastic and the staff so friendly. I love the first direct arena - it's ace!"

- Annie, West Yorkshire

Get treated famously at the first direct arena

We're proud to sponsor the first direct arena in Leeds, which means we can give our customers a great time that goes beyond the banky stuff!

As a first direct customer, you'll get your own VIP treatment, which includes

  • Your own first direct express entrance. Show your first direct card and breeze straight in
  • A complimentary bottle of water. Collect your voucher at the first direct express entrance when you arrive
  • A complimentary ice cream. Collect your voucher at the first direct express entrance when you arrive
  • A complimentary portion of chips. Collect your voucher at the first direct express entrance when you arrive
  • Get 10% off food in the fd bar and 50% off soft drinks when you buy food at any concessions, just for showing us your card
  • Pre-sale tickets. The chance to buy tickets before they go on sale
  • Regular competitions, giveaways and all the future gossip in the first direct e-newsletter. Don't already receive this? Give us a call on 03 456 100 100 to find out more.

Not with first direct yet?

The special treatment is not only at the arena, you'll get loads of benefits from your everyday banking. How does £100* sound, just for switching.

Find out about our Current Account

What could you be seeing?

Check out who's next up at the award winning first direct arena. Music? Comedy? Sport? We've got it covered.

Find out what's on at the arena

  • Our benefits terms and conditions

Current account switch guarantee

*Open a 1st Account, then switch your banking to us using the Current Account Switch Service and pay in at least £1,000 within three months of your account opening and we'll add £100 to your account. This offer is only available for people who haven't previously held any account with first direct and is limited to one payment per customer or joint relationship. Incentives are paid within 28 days of criteria being met. This offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Find out more about switching to first direct.

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