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Leeds Arena: an early look at the city's landmark venue
Leeds Arena proposed interior
The proposed look of the interior of the Leeds Arena

Stunning new images showing the internal layout and configuration of the new Leeds Arena have been unveiled.

The 'super theatre' design, which guarantees every seat in the house enjoys perfect sightlines.

The venue's design is a first for the UK and will see the 13,500 capacity arena set a new benchmark.

Leeds Arena, scheduled to open in 2012, will be run by experienced operators SMG Europe, who have signed a 25 year lease on the new entertainment venue.

The arena will be developed by Leeds City Council with support from Jacobs, its strategic partner for the design and delivery of major construction and infrastructure projects. Jacobs are also responsible for the refurbishment of Leeds City Varieties and the design of new Northern Ballet Dance theatre.

An outline planning application was submitted in November 2009, and determination is expected shortly. The council is also close to announcing the preferred contractor to build the arena, with construction on course to start by the end of 2010.

Detailed design work on the internal configuration of the arena is already at an advanced stage and features a unique 'super theatre' where the seats fan out from the stage.

Side view - Leeds Arena
Side view - better sightlines for every concert-goer

This guarantees that every seat enjoys perfect sightlines of centre stage with 68m the longest distance from the stage, as opposed to 90-95m at a conventional arena.

According to economic impact assessments, development of the arena will provide a boost of up to £25 million a year for the local economy and create up to 500 new jobs once it opens in addition to 500 construction jobs. The city centre arena is expected to generate over one million visitors a year.

Future development opportunities on the site will be brought to the market at a future date with two potential plots adjacent to the arena. The aspiration is to create an integrated, vibrant destination for public use all year round.

The arena will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the city's Northern Quarter including the reinvigoration of the Merrion Centre which is due for redevelopment.

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