Our theatre of dreams

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Sheffield Motorpoint Arena is the jewel in the in city’s entertainments crown - bringing in around £20 million to the region’s economy.

It has hosted more than 2,700 shows and events, attracting more than 14.5 million people in its first 22-years. It averages 122 performances a year and brings in over 650,000 customers.

Forget Madison Square Gardens, Wembley Arena and The MGM Grand in Las Vegas – they do not come close to the pulling power of the Attercliffe venue, which was recently ranked number 11 in the world for ticket sales.

So no wonder we were overwhelmed when we asked Star readers to tell us about the greatest night - or day - they’ve ever had there.

The results are here, on the pages opposite. And they include wonderful stories, like the Michael Buble fan who got engaged during the star’s charity show last summer - making it a truly unforgettable night.

Fans sing the praises of the venue because it brings some of the biggest names on the planet to Sheffield.

Stevie Wonder, Luciano Pavarotti, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Lady GaGa, One Direction...the list goes on.

Let’s not forget it’s also the House Of Steel, home of Sheffield Steelers.

Like all the best venues it brings the community together. It’s the temple where Owls and Blades worship together.

Multi-million pound improvements mean it’s now the biggest indoor performance venue of its kind in the region, with a capacity for 13,600 people.

In truth, there’s such a growing market for shows and events that neither Sheffield or Leeds, with its new rival Arena, should lose out.

Already lined up for 2014 are top acts including Gary Barlow, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. So thank you for reminding us why we should be proud of our very own theatre of dreams. When it comes to creating lifelong memories - Sheffield Motorpoint Arena is just the ticket.