First Direct Arena to host “unmissable” celebration of Leeds sport

The Leeds Sports Awards will be hosted at the First Direct Arena for the first time in March.
The Leeds Sports Awards will be hosted at the First Direct Arena for the first time in March.

A celebration of the city’s sports community will be held at the First Direct Arena for the first time.

Sport Leeds yesterday said it delighted to announce that the 2017 Leeds Sports Awards would be staged at the arena on Tuesday, March 7.

The awards honour local sporting talent and achievements across all levels of sport throughout the city, recognising the efforts of players, coaches, volunteers and administrators alike.

Deputy council leader James Lewis said: “The First Direct Arena will provide a fitting setting for the Leeds Sports Awards, which is recognised as the major event in Leeds’ sporting calendar.

“Athletes from across the Leeds area have once again captured the imagination with excellent performances and inspirational efforts on a local, national and international level.

“With the exceptional performance of our Olympians and Paralympians in Rio to reflect on, plus the city’s own ITU World Triathlon event, the 2017 edition of the Leeds Sports Awards promises to be unmissable.”

The arena’s general manager, Ben Williams, said: “We are delighted to be staging such a prestigious event here at the First Direct Arena.

“We are looking forward to the arena providing the perfect backdrop for another wonderful night of celebration for our city.”

Tickets are available from today from or by calling into the box office.

To find out more about Visit for more details on the awards and how to make a nomination.

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