BIT OF INFORMATION...
The arena opened in November 1995 with a basketball game, and the first concert was performed by David Bowie on 7 December 1995.
It is sponsored by Metro Radio although it was formerly sponsored by Telewest, and named the Telewest Arena until January 2004.
The arena hosts sporting and entertainment events and including standing area holds 11000 people although the actual numbers depends on the type of event.
The Metro Radio Arena is home to the Newcastle Eagles basketball team and the Newcastle Vipers ice hockey team and is currently the largest venue in the Basketball league,.
The Arena hosts a variety of events many events from World Wrestling Entertainment, as well as boxing and concerts by different solo artists and bands. There is also the annual Clubland Tour, family events such as Disney on Ice and comedians
Full details are on the website, www.metroradioarena.co.uk.
The Arena is very close to the city centre and is clearly signposted. Once at the arena there is a large car park, or at least it seems large until you get a fully booked event and then there are no spaces. However, along the raods close to the arena there are plenty of places to park 9no yellow lines and no fee), as well as a multi storey car park close by. So, as long as you leave plenty of time for parking you should be ok.
The arena itself is accessed via a very wide flight of stairs which lead directly to a large open area and the entrance doors which are manned by plenty of staff so the queues for me have never been too long.
Once inside, and as expected, it's big! Before getting into the performance and seated area there is a cavernous area with bars, food stalls, cash machines and merchandise selling areas; all ready to take your money and this if you have managed to avoid the sellers on the way to the arena. The food and drink is expensive but you can take it into the performance area.
The seating areas are clearly numbered and show on big signs above the large entrance doors into the arena and these again are manned by on the whole really helpful staff. All of the seats in the tiered areas have quite a bit of space for leg room although the very top ones have a steep drop as you walk down towards your seat- not good if you don't like heights as a friend of mine found out at Lady Gaga and had to be helped down by a member of staff.
I have recently been to several concerts at the arena and have had a thoroughly enjoyable time- probably due more to what i was seeing than the actual venue! However, that said, it is easily accessed, functional, shows great bands and even if you are hungry you can grab a very expensive pizza!
The staff are helpful and the security staff when they look in your bag for drinks not aggressive which i find a plus. There are plenty of toilets which are clean as the whole arena tends to be.
A recommended place to see a band!
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The Telewest Arena in Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a purpose-built, indoor entertainment venue which opened in 1995 and cost around £50 million. It’s the largest concert and exhibition venue in the North East of England and a much needed and long-awaited facility. Since it opened the arena has had over 5 million visitors. Location It is situated right on the banks of the river Tyne and is only about 10 minutes away from Newcastle Central Station. It is easily accessible from Gateshead, being just across the Redheugh Bridge. The Arena: It’s a large, grey curved building visible from the River Tyne, it does have the look of a very big barn or warehouse although it’s not too unsightly as there was never anything of any beauty there before anyhow. The arena seats 11,000 and plays host to concerts, exhibitions, conferences , Premier League Basketball. And ice-hockey. Many big names have played at the arena since its opening such as Oasis, Wet Wet Wet, Phil Collins, Simply Red, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Michael Flately's Lord of the Dance and Riverdance, Disney on Ice, Tom Jones and Cher. There are also career fairs, wedding shows, AGM’s (including BT’s), clubbing nights and other events held at the arena. There are Executive Suites for Corporate Clients (I’ve never been in on of these!). I have been to a few concerts here and I think it’s a good venue; there is plenty of space and I had a good view (even though I didn’t have particularly good seats) of the stage. I didn’t feel crowded at all and getting into and out-of the arena was easy as pie as there’ s lots of exits and the ‘people flow’ is well directed. The arena was also clean and well staffed, and being relatively new it's in good condition. Facilities There are stands at which you can buy overpriced food and drinks before you go into the Arena. There are also plenty of toilets, but w
atch for the queues (at least in the ladies – nothing new there!). The building is also said to be one of the most 'Disabled Friendly' Arenas in the Country and guide dogs are allowed. Future Events: Events that are coming up this year include: Kylie 21/22 May Gabrielle 6 Jun Ronan Keating 18 Jun Elton John 5 Jul Oasis 10/11 Jul Disney on Ice 8-13 Oct Will, Gareth & Zoe 25/26 Oct The Fast Show 27 Oct Cliff Richard 1-3 Nov David Gray 27 Nov Madness 11 Dec Above I’ve listed just a few, there are also regular Rock Nights, exhibitions and children’s events. How to Book: Online: You can book online, you need to search hard for the black Ticketmaster icon (as bookings are done by this 3rd party). You can find this at the bottom of the ‘New Events’ page. By Phone: The ticket hotline number is 0870 707 8000, I have used this service before and have found it quick and the service friendly. This is open 24hrs a day, everyday, you need a credit card to book. In Person: At the Arena Box office (Mon - Fri 9.30am-5.30pm & Sat 10am-4pm) You can also apply by post, or go to Virgin Megastore (Northumberland St, Newcastle) to get tickets. How to get there: By Car: It’s not far from the A1; from the South Take the A184 signposted 'City Centre', then follow the A189 over the Redheugh Bridge. A There’s parking for around 600 cars. By Metro: The nearest Metro Station is at Central Station around 5 minutes walk away. By Taxi: Taxis can pick up on Railway Street/Arena Way; there’s a taxi rank at Central Station. Overall: The Newcastle Telewest Arena is a much-needed facility in the North East; previously concerts were held out at Whitley Bay ice-rink and Gateshead Stadium neither of which are designed for this. I think it’s a good venue it's clean and well layed out and
although it’s not very attractive from the outside, it does what it’s supposed to do and it does it well. Further Information: Address: Telewest Arena Newcastle Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7NA Tel: 0191 260 5000 Fax: 0191 260 2200 Visit the website: http://www.telewestarena.co.uk/