Sheffield Arena under construction in 1990. Photo: Picture Sheffield
Sheffield Arena under construction in 1990. Photo: Picture Sheffield

Fascinating pictures show Sheffield's FlyDSA Arena being built 30 years ago

More than £1.5 million is going to be pumped into modernising Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena to keep it in the top 10 in the UK – offering a timely opportunity to look back on the venue’s beginnings 30 years ago.

By Richard Blackledge
Sunday, 9th February 2020, 3:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 10:57 am

Opened by the Queen in 1991, the 13,600-capacity arena was built for the World Student Games at a cost of £34 million.

As sponsors have come and gone it has had different names – Hallam FM Arena, Motorpoint Arena Sheffield – while 15 million people have visited over the decades.

Home to the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team, the venue is used for spectacles like Disney On Ice as well as major concerts. Paul Simon played on the opening night, Oasis performed their first arena gig there in 1994 and Tina Turner sang her hits for the very last time to a packed house in 2009.

These photos show how the arena took shape.

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