Ice Hockey: 9,500, Seated Central Area: 12,500, Standing Central Area: 13,500
Sheffield Arena had served as the only major concert and sporting venue in Yorkshire region for nearly two decades until First Direct Arena developed.
Sheffield Arena is a Sports and Music Venue, located in Sheffield. It hosts various sporting events such as Elite Ice Hockey League, WBA Title, WBO Title, IBF Title& a basketball practice match for 2012 London Olympics and annual commercial events such as Disney on Ice, The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing on Ice. It is the home ground of Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey team that plays in the Elite Ice Hockey League. The arena is owned by Sheffield City Trust and maintained by Sheffield International Venues. The stadium’s name has changed five times from the time it opened in 1991. It opened as Sheffield Arena and was renamed Hallam FM Arena in 2002. In 2010, it was again renamed as Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, after a car company invested £1 million for naming rights. It changed back to its original name Sheffield Arena and had a maximum capacity of 13,500. Apart from other events, famous celebrities as Russell Brand, Lee Evans, John Bishop, Ricky Gervais and Peter Kay have performed here attracting a large number of audience to visit the arena.
It hosted its first concert as part of Paul Simon’s "Born at the Right Time" tour on the opening day of the arena.
The stadium was built in 1991 at the cost of £34 million and was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II on 30th May 1991.
It hosted its first sporting event that was 1991 World Student Games.
The arena was also the location for the 1992 Sheffield Rally by Labour Party.
In June 2007, the arena hosted The International Indian Film Academy Awards.