Bosses have hailed a successful year at Sheffield’s biggest indoor venue – and are looking forward to an exciting future.
Highlights at the Motorpoint Arena in Attercliffe this year have included sell-out shows from boyband One Direction – featuring Doncaster’s Louis Tomlinson, from Bessacarr in Doncaster – Sheffield’s own Arctic Monkeys and famous names including veteran rockers The Who, perennial favourite Rod Stewart, Girls Aloud and singer Olly Murs.
This was despite the venue closing for eight weeks in the summer, for a multi-million-pound refurbishment.
Work included a new roof, new seating, refurbished toilets and catering stands and behind-the-scenes improvements, while future plans include a new Steel Hall ‘venue within a venue’ and 800 new car-parking spaces at the adjacent Don Valley Bowl.
Rob O’Shea, Arena general manager, said: “This year has really been a momentous year for the venue.
“Following the refurbishment of the Arena, the hall has really been brought back to life and we have had nothing but positive feedback about the new seating.
“We are currently working on a new layout and hope to announce our first show soon in our 4,000-capacity Steel Hall venue within a venue.
“This coupled with the increased parking are a real positive for the venue and our customers.”
Performances that have already been lined up for 2014 include pop stars Katy Perry and Gary Barlow, rockers Kings of Leon and comedians Lee Evans and Miranda Hart.
A spokesman for the venue said: “Another first for the Arena in 2014 sees The Spanish Riding School of Vienna bring their lipizzaner stallions for their first appearance in the North of England in its 430-year history.
“July will be huge year for cycling in Yorkshire and the Tour de France finishes outside the Arena and it is proposed the venue will be used by the huge contingent of staff that work on the tour.”
For tickets and further information on shows at the venue, visit www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk