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Sheffield Arena
Broughton Lane
S9 2DF
Tel: 0114 256 2002

  • Since the building was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 31st May 1991, around 7 million people have attended events at Sheffield Arena.
  • The £34 million building was constructed in time to host the World Student Games, and since been in use for over 3,500 days hosting concerts, ice shows, theatre style shows, ice hockey, sport, exhibitions and conferences.
  • The building is home to the Steelers ice hockey team and has hosted around 350 ice hockey games since 1991. The 1995 Benson & Hedges Cup Final has attracted the highest capacity ice hockey crowd to date at 10,142. The Sheffield Arena is also host venue to major Westfield Sharks Sheffield basketball home fixtures.
  • The most frequent performer at the venue to date is actually Mickey Mouse, who has appeared as part of Disney on Ice every year since the building opened, fronting approximately 150 performances to a total audience of around 900,000.
  • Simply Red attracted the highest ever audience for a concert, attracting sell out crowds of over 38,000 across 3 nights. The high capacity was achieved by using an ‘s’ shaped centre stage maximising standing room available and tribune seating to create an ‘in the round’ setting.
  • The building’s longest running show to date was Les Miserables at 35 performances over a four-week period in May/June 1999. It was the first time the production had ever been staged in an Arena, with the building undergoing a major transformation over five days to create an intimate 3000 seater, theatre-style setting, starting with the removal of the building’s 8.3 tonne electronic scoreboard for the first time since the Arena opened in 1991. Over 4000 square metres of drapes and 3000 square metres of carpet were used to create an intimate auditorium using a small section of the Arena’s horseshoe seating. Riverdance previously held the record for longest running show, performing to around 55,000 patrons over 3 weeks in 1997.
  • Ice skating legends Torvill & Dean have been seen by an audience of approximately 234,000 across around 30 performances at Sheffield Arena.
  • Sheffield Arena regularly hosts indoor International Supercross, which involves dumping 200 truckloads of soil on to the Arena’s ice floor to create a six-lane dirt track.
  • In October 1998, the Arena hosted its first major opera production. Madam Butterfly was staged ‘in the round’ and the auditorium flooded with 15,500 gallons of water to create a Japanese Water Garden.