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The SSE Arena

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Address: 2 Queens Quay, Belfast BT3 9QQ, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9076 6000
10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The SSE Arena, Belfast opened in December 2000 as part of Northern...

The SSE Arena, Belfast opened in December 2000 as part of Northern Ireland's landmark Millennium project. This world-class arena can stage a number of sporting events with an Olympic sized Ice pad and is home to the Belfast Giants professional Ice Hockey team. With a 200m hydraulically built athletics track built around the ice pad, we can host indoor athletics events. Other sports include Basketball, Boxing, Arenacross, Darts and wrestling. Not only providing a multitude of sports, the Arena can attract international stars from the world of pop, rock, hip-hop and classical music. Artists include Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Rihanna and Beyonce to name but a few. The Arena has seating capacities from 2,500 for an intimate theatre format up to as much as 10,800 for full concert setting. Another string to the bow is the Arena's capacity to host a number of conferences and exhibitions. With over 3700m² pillar free floor space and a 22m free ceiling height, along with a registration area in the front foyer many exhibitions have proved a great success. With the addition of comedy shows and family shows such as Disney On Ice and musical/dance shows such as Riverdance, we can provide a plethora of entertainment and enjoyment to the people of Northern Ireland and beyond! The SSE Arena, Belfast provides an outstanding location for first class Corporate Hospitality to businesses in Northern Ireland. The Arena possesses 24 Corporate Hospitality suites comprising of 20 x 12 seated suites and 4 x 28 seated suites along with a 64 seated luxury lounge facility.

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Did a last minute weekend trip to Belfast from London. I mentioned the arena to my boyfriend and upon research we found out division b champions for ice hockey were hosted here... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Cowes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently came here for the WWE live event with my girlfriend, it is a very impressive arena with outstanding facilities. It was a well run and organised operation, i definately recommend downloading the mobile phone app if you plan on buying food and drink from the concession stands. It makes life a whole lot simpler and your experience even better.... More 

Thank Ian8891
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did a last minute weekend trip to Belfast from London. I mentioned the arena to my boyfriend and upon research we found out division b champions for ice hockey were hosted here! Tickets were cheap, cold drinks, friendly staff and good seats! It was a great getaway from the rain and to watch our favourite sport!

Thank Inessa K
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Extortionate prices for foods and drinks and they ban you from bringing in your own! Searches in your bags before going in a little unnecessary and ridiculous. Seats don't have enough room to feel comfortable

Thank Hungrylucy
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Arena last night to see two ice hockey games, unfortunately our seats that were on our tickets no longer actually existed the steward got the supervisor who after explaining that our son who has autism got us amazing seats in a quieter area so that we could enjoy the game but we were away from the... More 

Thank julie s
Dungannon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

this place is not designed for acoustics , facilities perfect , Nathan should have chosen the water front

Thank sydney360
Rothley, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

Been to see Adele here, first date of her world tour (amazing!!) and ice hockey - The Giants. Great venue, easily accessible, good value, would travel from England across to Belfast instead of going to London!!

Thank Clare0721
SSE_Arena, Public Relations Manager at The SSE Arena, responded to this review

Hi Clare, thanks for leaving a comment. We're delighted you had such a great time at both Adele and the Giants! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Went to a very enjoyable concert but the staffing at venue was terrible. Huge queues for the bars, disorganised and overwhelmed staff put a bit of a dampener on an otherwise great concert.

Thank DublinDollie
SSE_Arena, Public Relations Manager at The SSE Arena, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for your comment. We appreciate your feedback and it will be passed along to Management for review. More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I would say to any one having a quick visit to Belfast to check this out. Great to go and watch the Belfast Giants play, there one of the best teams in the hockey league so well worth a watch and great atmosphere and loads of fun. You also have the cinema and blowing, plus a few places to eat.

Thank davyu90
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We watched a Belfast giants game. Great atmosphere with giveaways throughout the game. Food is way overpriced though.

Thank Michelle F
Portstewart, N.Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Went to Bee Gees tribute band concert. Arrived early and there was plenty of parking and easy to get in and find our seats. These were in a good position in the centre, middle of the tiered seating. The sound was dreadful from the start - difficult to hear the introduction, bass reverberated off the roof drowning out the vocals... More 

Thank fdobbs
SSE_Arena, Public Relations Manager at The SSE Arena, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback and we're sorry to hear that you didn't have a positive experience at the show. Your comments have been passed along to management and will be taken into account for future shows. More 

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