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first direct arena


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conference space, cabaret, two projector screens, stage, table and chairs

exhibition, large event space, arena

live action conference, peoplle, chairs in theatre layout, countdown on the plasma screen and projector screen

stage, event, cabaret, bow behinf black covered chairs, plasma screen, live entertainment

first direct arena logo on the projector screen

  • Capacity: 250+
  • Suitable for: conferences, dinners, meetings, receptions, training
  • Sustainable Venue
  • Offers Charity Rates


First Direct Arena, Clay Pit Lane, LS2 8BY

first direct arena

First Direct Arena, Clay Pit Lane, LS2 8BY

first direct arena provides a unique and exciting environment for conferences of all sizes. With flexible spaces that can accommodate from 10 – 12,000 delegates we have the venue for you. We can work directly with you or alongside your chosen event agency. Our highly skilled in house teams will be committed to help you deliver the perfect event from initial enquiry through to catering and event completion.


first direct arena located in the vibrant city centre of Leeds, a world-class venue with a choice of luxury function rooms and versatile spaces, boasting a breathtaking and unique design.

The Arena’s unique “super theatre” style configuration is designed to enhance the visitor experience, with all seats facing the stage and high-quality acoustics providing the best experience in the UK.

Organisers, visitors, delegates and presenters alike, will enjoy a more intimate atmosphere with reduced viewing distances inside the venue which can accommodate up to 12,000 delegates or 2,250 square meters exhibition space.


Tiered auditorium perfect for 500+ delegates
Breakout rooms for 10 – 200 people
Lounge spaces for meetings of up to 200
The ideal space for staff briefings, product launches and AGM’s.


Tailored packages based on event needs and requirements.


The First Direct Arena achieved the highest BREEAM score for a building of its type in the UK through its material selection which made use of recycled products and sustainable materials.
Rainwater from the roof is collected and used for the flushing of the venue’s toilets. From roof downpipes, rainwater harvesting tanks are sized to meet non-event toilet and urinal flush demand. Over an 18 day period, the tank collects 50% of non-event water consumption and runs it through a dedicated pipework system. These integrated drainage systems help make the First Direct Arena incredibly sustainable.
We have a designated recycled waste compactor on site. All general waste is sent to the Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility. The RERF is designed to remove recyclable waste from black bins and recover energy from what is left over. It significantly reduces the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.


first direct arena has been designed to be accessible to everyone.

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