The Bonus Arena in Hull.
The Bonus Arena in Hull.

Hull’s £36m Bonus Arena ‘exceeds all expectations’ during first year

The £36m Bonus Arena celebrates its first anniversary next week.

Since opening in August 2018, 200,000 people have either bought tickets for or visited the state-of-the-art entertainment venue, which has hosted almost 100 events and performances.

Visitors from all over the world have visited the 3,500 capacity multi-purpose arena that has attracted award-winning and international performers such as Noel Gallagher, Stereophonics, George Ezra and Van Morrison.

And 78 per cent of ticket sales have gone to people in Hull and the East Riding, with 60 per cent being women.

Most international ticket sales have gone to visitors from Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, the US and Canada, with people coming as far as Japan and New Zealand to visit the venue.

General manager Dan Harris said: “It has been a hugely exciting and successful first year – from that wonderful opening night with Van Morrison to packed-out performances by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra, Madness and Stereophonics to name just four.

“We’ve been delighted with the welcome and enthusiasm from the residents of Hull who have been hugely supportive since day one. But we’re also very pleased to see so many people coming to Hull from outside the region – and from much further afield – which is boosting the local economy in so many different ways.

“We look forward to the start of the autumn season in September and to bringing many more world-class events to the city.”

The 3,500 capacity Bonus Arena is one of only a few of its kind in the UK.

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “We had grand ambitions for the arena which have exceeded all expectations.

“The arena has introduced a new audience to Hull, with visitors coming from all over the world, and is helping the city develop into a world-class visitor destination.”

The 3,500 capacity arena is one of only a few of its kind in the UK. Its adaptability allows it to host a variety of events.

For larger events, the arena can open for multiple nights and therefore accommodate more fans. This is the case for next year’s Kaiser Chiefs performances, with the band set to play back-to-back nights in Hull, playing to 7,000 people. This is the only venue on the band’s UK tour where they are set to play multiple nights.

The venue has won multiple awards, including Campaign of the Year in the Ticketing Business Awards, beating the likes of Ed Sheeran’s Stadium Tour and the MLS (Major League Soccer). The building has also won awards at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards and the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Awards.

The Bonus Arena is nominated for New Tourism Business Award at this year’s Welcome to Yorkshire Awards.

Performers booked to plat at the venue in the coming months including Two Door Cinema Club, Professor Brian Cox, Emeli Sande, James Arthur and the WWE NXT Tour.

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