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first direct bank & first direct arena - Winners of the Naming Rights Sponsorship category at the 24th UK Sponsorship Awards
Posted on 05 April 2018

FIRST DIRECT BANK & FIRST DIRECT ARENA - WINNERS OF THE NAMING RIGHTS SPONSORSHIP CATEGORY AT THE 24TH UK SPONSORSHIP AWARDS

first direct bank and its sponsorship of the SMG venue the first direct arena in Leeds , entered by Nielsen Sports, was revealed as the winner of the Naming Rights Sponsorship category at the 24th UK Sponsorship Awards at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on Tuesday, March 26, 2018.

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Manchester Arena benefit concert raises over £270,000 for city’s Memorial Fund
Posted on 08 December 2017

MANCHESTER ARENA BENEFIT CONCERT RAISES OVER £270,000 FOR CITY’S MEMORIAL FUND

We Are Manchester, September’s benefit concert staged by Manchester Arena, has raised over £270,000 for the Manchester Memorial Fund. The 9 September charity event, headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, marked the re-opening of the Manchester venue following May’s terror attack.

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first direct extends relationship with Arena in Leeds
Posted on 15 March 2017

FIRST DIRECT EXTENDS RELATIONSHIP WITH ARENA IN LEEDS

first direct has confirmed it will extend its naming sponsorship of Leeds' iconic arena for a further five years.

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SMG EUROPE ANNOUNCES DOUBLE APPOINTMENT TO UK ARENA PORTFOLIO
Posted on 24 January 2017

SMG EUROPE ANNOUNCES DOUBLE APPOINTMENT TO UK ARENA PORTFOLIO

SMG Europe is pleased to announce the double appointment of Jen Mitchell as General Manager of Leeds’ first direct arena and Ailsa Oliver as General Manager of Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.

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Manchester Arena has been recognised as one of the world’s best arenas with double award nominations.
Posted on 11 November 2016

MANCHESTER ARENA HAS BEEN RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST ARENAS WITH DOUBLE AWARD NOMINATIONS.

Manchester Arena has been recognised by industry professionals as one of the world’s best arenas after receiving two international award nominations. Billboard’s Top International Arena Of The Year and Pollstar’s International Venue Of The Year.

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Joshua vs Molina sells over 17,000 tickets on day one at Manchester Arena
Posted on 08 November 2016

JOSHUA VS MOLINA SELLS OVER 17,000 TICKETS ON DAY ONE AT MANCHESTER ARENA

More than 17,000 tickets were sold on the opening day of sales for Anthony Joshua's IBF world heavyweight title defence against Eric Molina at the undisputed and undefeated home of UK boxing.

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Manchester Arena announce Take That with 44 record-breaking hometown shows
Posted on 03 November 2016

MANCHESTER ARENA ANNOUNCE TAKE THAT WITH 44 RECORD-BREAKING HOMETOWN SHOWS

Take That have added a sixth hometown show at Manchester Arena as part of next year’s Wonderland Live UK tour, bringing their tally of shows at the venue to a record-breaking 44.

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Key 103 has been named the official radio partner for Manchester Arena
Posted on 03 November 2016

KEY 103 HAS BEEN NAMED THE OFFICIAL RADIO PARTNER FOR MANCHESTER ARENA

Manchester Arena has announced Key 103 as the 'Official Radio Partner'. The live entertainment venue has secured a twelve month deal with Bauer City Network Station.

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Frampton v Quigg to become second biggest selling fight in SMG Europe history
Posted on 22 February 2016

FRAMPTON V QUIGG TO BECOME SECOND BIGGEST SELLING FIGHT IN SMG EUROPE HISTORY

Saturday’s highly-anticipated clash between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg is set to become SMG Europe’s second ever biggest selling fight.

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SMG Europe Hits Bullseye After Selling Over 140,000 Darts Tickets
Posted on 04 February 2016

SMG EUROPE HITS BULLSEYE AFTER SELLING OVER 140,000 DARTS TICKETS

Betway Premier League Darts has now amassed over 140,000 ticket sales for darts across SMG Europe's three arenas.

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SMG’s UK Arenas Top The Charts
Posted on 24 July 2015

SMG’S UK ARENAS TOP THE CHARTS

SMG’s UK Arenas are amongst the busiest in the world, according to industry bible Pollstar.

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Manchester Arena celebrates 20th anniversary year
Posted on 15 July 2015

MANCHESTER ARENA CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

On 15 July 2015, Manchester Arena celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first ever event.

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Manchester Arena Appoint Tresamo
Posted on 23 January 2015

MANCHESTER ARENA APPOINT TRESAMO

Manchester Arena have appointed Tresamo Media as their retained social media management agency.

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MANCHESTER ARENA CELEBRATES  20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
Posted on 15 January 2015

MANCHESTER ARENA CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Manchester’s biggest live entertainment venue will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations the venue will draw on its standing within the city’s rich musical history and be renamed Manchester Arena.

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MANCHESTER ARENA PLACES IN BILLBOARD’S TOP THREE 2014 INTERNATIONAL ARENAS
Posted on 24 December 2014

MANCHESTER ARENA PLACES IN BILLBOARD’S TOP THREE 2014 INTERNATIONAL ARENAS

Manchester Arena has been officially recognised as the third busiest venue in the world during 2014.

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SMG Named Preferred Bidder For New Bristol Arena
Posted on 03 December 2014

SMG NAMED PREFERRED BIDDER FOR NEW BRISTOL ARENA

Bristol Arena has moved a significant step closer with the announcement that the UK’s largest arena operator SMG, in partnership with Live Nation, has been named as preferred bidder to operate the 12,000 capacity venue.

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First Direct Arena named best new venue in the world
Posted on 05 June 2014

FIRST DIRECT ARENA NAMED BEST NEW VENUE IN THE WORLD

The first direct arena in Leeds, operated by SMG Europe has been awarded the prestigious title of new venue of the year at the Stadium Business Awards in London.

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THE HOME OF BOXING LANDS SECOND EPIC ENCOUNTER
Posted on 21 March 2014

THE HOME OF BOXING LANDS SECOND EPIC ENCOUNTER

Manchester heavyweight Tyson Fury will face Dereck Chisora at Phones 4u Arena Manchester this summer in a WBO title eliminator bout. The announcement comes just weeks after local boxer Scott Quigg announced he would defend his WBA World Super Bantamweight title at the UK's undisputed home of boxing.

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PHONES 4u ARENA TO HOST WORLD TITLE FIGHT BY LOCAL BOXER SCOTT QUIGG
Posted on 10 March 2014

PHONES 4U ARENA TO HOST WORLD TITLE FIGHT BY LOCAL BOXER SCOTT QUIGG

Local hero Scott Quigg returns to Phones 4u Arena Manchester to defend his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Nehomar Cermeno on Saturday 19 April.

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On-Communications & Extricom powered Wi-Fi connects SMG Europe’s  First Direct Arena and Bruce Springsteen
Posted on 05 August 2013

ON-COMMUNICATIONS & EXTRICOM POWERED WI-FI CONNECTS SMG EUROPE’S FIRST DIRECT ARENA AND BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Leeds, UK – August 5, 2013 – SMG Europe, the worldwide leader in venue management, On-Communications, the arena communications specialists and Extricom, the award winning enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) provider for large public venues, today announced their partnership to provide a market-leading WLAN solution for the new first direct Arena in the heart of West Yorkshire, UK.

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MOBILE PHONE RETAIL GIANT PHONES 4U TO RE-NAME MANCHESTER ARENA
Posted on 02 August 2013

MOBILE PHONE RETAIL GIANT PHONES 4U TO RE-NAME MANCHESTER ARENA

SMG Europe has announced a 5 year multi-million pound sponsorship deal with the mobile phone retailer Phones 4u which, from today, sees the group's flagship venue re-named Phones 4u Arena - Manchester.

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