Stage set for completion of Arena revamp

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The Sheffield Arena is preparing to close over the summer for the completion of a multi-million pound refurbishment.

After concerts by The Who and Rod Stewart, who was the second act at the venue 22 years ago (after Paul Simon), the doors will close for eight weeks.

Improvements have been planned for some time, but the impending opening of the Leeds Arena has underlined the need to compete more keenly in attracting concerts, sports event and other attractions.

Already work is nearing completion on the first stage of the revamp, the Motorpoint Arena getting a new roof.

The main focus of the second stage, which will start on July 1, will be the removal of all 12,500 seats to be replaced with more modern and comfortable seating. There will also be new toilets, lighting and the replacement of all the external concourse doors.

For the moment, general manager Rob O’Shea is looking forward to performances by “two classic homegrown acts who have graced our stage so many times since we opened in 1991. What a way to say goodbye and thanks for the memories and start a new chapter in the venue’s history.”

The newly refurbished Arena will reopen in September, with a host of shows confirmed and the return of the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey.

The first concert at the Leeds Arena is Bruce Springsteen on July 24.