First Direct Arena To Celebrate Rhinos Heroes

This Sunday, 11th October, the city of Leeds will celebrate the careers of three of the greatest players in the history of Leeds Rhinos as well as an incredible season that has seen the Rhinos retain the Challenge Cup and lift the League Leaders Shield.

The event has been organised in partnership with Leeds City Council, the first direct arena and the Rhinos. It will be a ticketed event with tickets available for £5 each with no concessions, these will be allocated seats and subject to availability. Tickets are exclusively available to Rhinos members from today via a unique link that will be emailed to them direct.

Members have a priority booking period from 1pm on Wednesday until 10am on Friday 9th October. After this time tickets will be available (subject to availability) on general sale. Tickets will not be available from the Rhinos and must be purchased directly from the first direct arena’s website.  

The leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said: “It has been another amazing season for the Leeds Rhinos, and Sunday’s event at the first direct arena is an opportunity for supporters to congratulate the team on their efforts, and also say a big thank you to legends Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai who are leaving the club.

“We are extremely proud as a city of the Rhinos, whose commitment, dedication and achievements on the field, coupled with the work they do in our communities is simply fantastic, and they are undoubtedly fully deserving of an event such as this. We wish the team the very best against Wigan in the Grand Final on Saturday.”

Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington added, “We are grateful for the offer from Leeds City Council and the first direct arena to create an event that allows the whole city to show their appreciation for our three retiring stars and the teams efforts this season. Having won the Challenge Cup and finished top of the table in such dramatic fashion a fortnight ago is something that has really captured the public’s imagination around Leeds.  The team has a big challenge at a sold out Old Trafford against Wigan to try and add the Super League title to the list of honours however regardless of the result on Saturday night, it is right and proper that we should celebrate the achievement of this group of players.”

The doors for the Arena will open on Sunday 11th October at 1.30pm. The event will begin at 3pm and finish at approximately 5pm. The event will be held as a stage show with Q & As with the players, video footage and entertainment.

Children Under 2 do not require a ticket as long as they are sat on the adults knee. If they need a seat they have to pay. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.  There will be a booking fee of 50p per ticket and a £1.50 transaction fee. All ticket sales will be handled by the arena online and at the Arena’s Ticketing Partner Eventim hotline.  

People who require accessible seating, a wheelchair position or do not have access to online sales must contact the Arena’s Ticketing Partner Eventim directly on 0844 248 1585 (option 1 for ticket sales, option 2 for accessible enquiries). During the members only sale period members must quote their membership number.

The first direct Arena
·         Situated next to the Merrion Centre in Leeds City Centre.
·         The address is Claypit Lane, LS2 8AR.
·         Pay parking is available at the Merrion Centre or Woodhouse Lane Car Parks.
·         Further information can be found online at
·         Arena’s Ticketing Partner – Eventim Hotline Number – 0844 248 1585
·         On the day of the event the Arena ticket office will be open from 12 noon.