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Arena winners take their seats

Sheffield Arena

Sheffield Arena

  • by Graham Walker
 

Sitting comfortably? Our latest Star winners will be - they are about to take their seats after an amazing competition to celebrate the multi-million pound revamp of Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.

We asked you to tell us the greatest night you’ve ever had at the venue in its 22-year history for a chance to win one of the original chairs.

And some of the seats, taken out to make way for last year’s refit, are even signed by the biggest acts on the planet who have performed there.

We had hundreds of entries and after taking a painstaking look at all your wonderful memories we list here our winners.

We will contact you all individually to tell you how to claim your prize.

First up, the lucky winners who get a seat signed by the acts that gave them a memory they will cherish forever.

Now they also get a signed seat - which might even be the one they sat on to watch the show.

And our signed seat winners are:

Michael Bublé fans James Lees, of Grove Avenue, Doncaster and Jean Hinchliffe, of Wath Road, Brampton.

James revealed the Bublé charity show for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Hallam FM’s Cash For Kids was extra special for him - his girlfriend agreed to marry him. They will wed this July. He said: “My best night at the Motorpoint Arena was Micheal Bublé. I got in the queue in a desperate attempt to get tickets and succeeded. He was amazing and supported a great cause. My beautiful girlfriend agreed to marry me and will be my wife in July. All in all the best night of my life. I love the Motorpoint Arena.”

Jean said: “I have seen many shows at the Arena but Michael Bublé (pictured) was the best I have seen. The money was donated to charity and I would have gladly paid double that for the show. He interacted with the crowd and you could feel the good mood factor it was electric.”

Olly Murs signed four seats and we’re giving one each to fans Emma Wakefield, Francesca Oxley, Nicola Cousins and Ryan Couch.

Emma, of Norton Lees, said: “My favourite night was when I went to see Olly Murs on Sunday, February 14, 2012. It was the first time I had seen him on a tour and I was so excited. The support acts were great and Olly wowed us as per usual! The atmosphere was absolutely brilliant! His singing was perfect and the night ended with a trouser split. I didn’t complain!”

Francesca, of Oxclose Avenue, Bradway, Sheffield, said: “Olly was out of this world. An amazing entertainer and amazing singer. Would definitely go again to see him”

Nicola, of Rotherham, said simply: “Olly Murs was amazing.”

Ryan, of Beech Avenue, Tickhill, Doncaster, said: “Olly Murs at the Arena last March was amazing from start to end. It was spectacular, with a fantastic atmosphere - everyone singing along to what I would say are some of the best songs of the 21st Century. It was a phenomenal night.”

Rock legends The Who entertained the Arena crowd last year and fans winning a signed seat each are Tracey Reed and Ryan Oxley.

Tracey, of Doncaster, said: “I’ve had so many great nights at the Arena but for me it was The Who followed by Oasis and Noel Gallagher.”

Ryan said: “The Who, Elton John, REM, Oasis and Pulp to name a few acts I’ve seen there - legends.”

Girls Aloud superfans Owen Pavey and Robert Longley each win a seat signed by the chart-toppers.

Owen has seen around 30 shows at the Arena since 2007 and been to four Girls Aloud concerts there - they top his personal list of best live acts. He said: “A signed seat would make a great momento. Best part of the gigs for me - simple interaction with the fans, singing songs with direct eye contact. You come away feeling you have witnessed something very personal and very special.”

Robert, of Millhouses Lane, Ecclesall, said: “Me and my brother have always agreed to disagree on music. But after he forgot about my 21st birthday present I insisted he take me.

“It was a phenomenal experience, a great party atmosphere. Even my brother enjoyed it!”

Sheffield Arena is also the House Of Steeel - home to the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey squad. And skating off with a cool Steelers signed seat each are fans who told us there’s nothing beats watching their team win.

They are Sheffield’s Graham Webster, Wraith DaMorte, Mary Tomkins, Micahel Elmore, Samantha Dale and Richard Sargent. Richard summed up their feelings. He said: “I have spent the last 22 years making the Arena my second home, following the Steelers and seeing them lift trophy after trophy.”

Unsigned seat winners, for sharing great Arena memories, go to: Bryan Adams, Metallica and Meatloaf fan Marie Gore, of Hackenthorpe; Arctic Monkeys fan Sam Alan; Justin Bieber, Cheryl Cole and JLS fan Johnathan JJ Blake; Blur fan Abigail Barragry; Kelly Clarkson fans Sarah Broomhead, of South Anston; Natalie Beard, Sheffield; Neil Diamond fan Mrs L Boulby, Sheffield; Disney On Ice fan Nick Cummings; Gloria Estefan fan Nicola Staton, of Sheffield; Four Tops fan Susan Richardson, of Lodge Moore; Peter Gabriel fan Steve Bush, of Sheffield; Madness fan Sheila Brighton, of High Green; Oasis fan Tammy Barker; Osmonds fan Michele Fudge, of Rotherham; Pulp fan Nick Smithson, of Sheffield; Simply Red fan Marie Pym, of Sheffield; Bruce Springsteen fan Stephanie Dunn, of Dronfield; Take That fan Susan Berridge, of Worksop; Westlife fans Joanne Banna, Sam Hay, of Sheffield, Kerry O’Brien, Anston.

General Manager Rob O’Shea said: “2013 was 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 including 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.”

Highlights for 2014 include comedians Russell Howard, John Bishop, Lee Evans, Miranda Hart, Jack Whitehall, The Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Kings of Leon, Drake, X Factor, The Wanted, Gary Barlow, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, McBusted, Little Mix, the Harlem Globetrotters, Sheffield Steelers, WWE, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Cirque du Soleil and Torvill and Dean’s last Dancing On Ice show. The Tour de France will also end its second stage there in July.

Full show details at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk.

Prize winners will be given a month to collect their seat, after they have been contacted by The Star with arrangements. Do not contact the Arena. Enquires only by email to graham.walker@thestar.co.uk

 

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