Some of the biggest names on the planet are heading for Sheffield Motorpoint Arena in 2015 and to celebrate we have teamed up to give one lucky reader the chance to win tickets to TEN top shows, writes Graham Walker.
Christmas really will come early for our winner.
One of you will get tickets - worth hundreds of pounds - to enjoy amazing nights out, or give to family and friends this Christmas.
It could solve all your last minute present buying as Arena tickets and vouchers make great presents.
We promise to get all 10 pairs of tickets to our winner before the big day next week. But hurry. The deadline is Monday, December 22, noon - full details below.
You will get tickets see dirt bike superstars at Arenacross (February 14), rock legends Queen and Adam Lambert (February 27), then The X Factor Live Tour (March 5) and the very next night it’s Spandau Ballet (March 6).
It’s a busy month with tickets to see American R&B hip-hop icon Usher (March 15), then McBusted (March 24).
We’re not fooling - you will get to see Olly Murs (April 1).
There’s a special family treat lined up with a pair of tickets to CBeebies Live! (April 6).
Take your seats for an action packed fun night when WWE wrestling superstars return (April 10).
And to complete our giveaway we have a pair of tickets to see Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May at Top Gear Live (June 5).
These are some of the top acts lined up for just the first half of the year.
Arena-goers in 2015 will also get to see One Direction, Take That, Strictly Come Dancing Live, The Vamps with support Union J, Slipknot, The Script, Nickelback, Harlem Globetrotters, Michael McIntyre, Mrs Brown and lots of ice-hockey action with the Sheffield Steelers.
The Star will continue to bring you regular updates and competitions to win tickets for some of these other shows and more throughout the next 12 months.
Questions were asked about the future of Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena when a new rival venue opened last year up the road in Leeds.
But another bumper year this year at the Sheffield venue and exclusive Yorkshire events next year - including One Direction, Take That and Top Gear - have answered the doubters. There’s room for both venues, competition is healthy and arena-goers are the real winners.
The Motorpoint, which can hold 3,000 to over 13,600 - making it the biggest venue in the county - continues to host a wide range of events from major concerts to comedy, sport to theatre, family shows to exhibitions and conferences..
Motorpoint Arena General Manager Rob O’Shea said: “2014 has been a good year for us in terms of touring shows and we are now looking forward to an even more successful 2015.
“With a massive variety of shows already on sale, some of which have already sold out, it’s looking set to be a strong 12 months ahead.
“The venue’s first event next year, as it has been for the past 20 years, is the Indoor Bike Trials with Sheffield hosting the only UK leg of this World series. Closely followed in February by ArenaCross, where the Arena is transformed into an indoor motorbike dirt track with over 4000 tons of dirt laid on the Arena floor.
“There are already sell out multiple dates from the biggest touring artistes Take That, One Direction and Olly Murs.
“With family shows from the World’s most famous basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters, ice hockey from The Steelers, wrestling from WWE, and pre-school fun with CBeebies Live! 2015 is also shaping up to be yet another strong year for us with comedy shows, including two dates for Michael McIntyre and six performances of a brand new Mrs Brown tour.
“Many more shows will be added over the coming months.”
The Arena played host to some of the world’s biggest stars, shows and sporting battles in its 23rd year, including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, McBusted, Katy Perry, Little Mix, Lee Evans, Paolo Nutini, Gary Barlow, Lee Evans, Ant and Dec and Kasabian. Miranda Hart was the first female comedian to play there and Jack Whitehall was the first to perform comedy ‘in the round’.
It staged its first Sheffield Film and Comic Con, with thousands of visitors flocking to see their heroes including stars from Star Wars, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Game of Thrones, Red Dwarf, Battlestar Galactica, Harry Potter, Wizards Vs Aliens, The A-Team and more. The event proved to be so popular that it will be back on August 15 and 16.
Another first was when The Spanish Riding School of Vienna brought their famous Lipizzaner Stallions for their first appearance in the North of England in its 430 year history.
Disney On Ice, the only touring show to have played the venue every year since the building opened in May 1991, returned to mark over 270 performances, seen by over 1.3 million customers at the venue.
The Arena is operated by Sheffield International Venues (SIV), one of the largest sport, leisure and entertainment companies in the North of England, is managed by Live Nation Entertainment, comprised of Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network.
* For full details of all shows at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena and to guarantee your tickets visit www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or call 0114 256 5656. You can also visit the Box Office, though tickets for some shows are not for sale in person at the venue. Also check online for full opening times, especially over Christmas and New Year.
Also see The Star’s entertainments and listings site at www.wow247.co.uk.
For a chance to win our amazing prize - a pair of tickets for the 10 specified shows above, all coming to the Arena in 2015 - enter our free draw by post, email or Twitter.
Post your details, including a day time and/or mobile bumber, to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Competition, StarCompARENA, Graham Walker, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 1PU.
Email your details, with StarCompARENA in the subject field, to [email protected].
Or follow Digital Editor Graham Walker on Twitter @GW1962 and tweet him with #StarCompARENA.
But be quick. Remember the deadline is Monday, December 22, 12 noon. Winner will be notified.
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