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Review of The SSE Arena

The SSE Arena
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City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with 48-Hour Pass
Ranked #34 of 226 things to do in Belfast
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Owner description: The SSE Arena, Belfast opened in December 2000 as part of Northern Ireland's landmark Millennium project. This world-class arena can stage a number of sporting events with an Olympic sized Ice pad and is home to the Belfast Giants professional Ice Hockey team. With a 200m hydraulically built athletics track built around the ice pad, we can host indoor athletics events. Other sports include Basketball, Boxing, Arenacross, Darts and wrestling. Not only providing a multitude of sports, the Arena can attract international stars from the world of pop, rock, hip-hop and classical music. Artists include Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Rihanna and Beyonce to name but a few. The Arena has seating capacities from 2,500 for an intimate theatre format up to as much as 10,800 for full concert setting. Another string to the bow is the Arena's capacity to host a number of conferences and exhibitions. With over 3700m² pillar free floor space and a 22m free ceiling height, along with a registration area in the front foyer many exhibitions have proved a great success. With the addition of comedy shows and family shows such as Disney On Ice and musical/dance shows such as Riverdance, we can provide a plethora of entertainment and enjoyment to the people of Northern Ireland and beyond! The SSE Arena, Belfast provides an outstanding location for first class Corporate Hospitality to businesses in Northern Ireland. The Arena possesses 24 Corporate Hospitality suites comprising of 20 x 12 seated suites and 4 x 28 seated suites along with a 64 seated luxury lounge facility.
Northern Ireland
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“Buzzing”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Always busy, loads to do, lovely restaurants, great shows. Glad Belfast has the Odyssey, badly needed.

Visited February 2013
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Donegal Town, Ireland
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“Great venue for shows but expensive refreshments”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

The Odyssey is a fantastic venue for shows. We went to see WWE wrestling & we had excellent views & very comfortable seating overlooking the WWE stars coming out to the ring
I would have liked to have seen some big TV screens to see the ring side action a bit better & also had mikes over the stage so we could hear the dialogue
Don't buy refreshments there...I bought some kind of stodgy strawberries, marshmallow & choc sauce mix for £4 each x 3
I had to buy an overpriced coke for £3 to wash away the taste
Overall a good venue that is comfortable & well stewarded but take your own refreshments

Visited April 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“An Adventurous Journey? I Think Not!”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

A large blot on Belfast's landscape. It has no atmosphere, and the businesses inside don't make an effort to change that feeling. The arena is cold and unwelcoming and unsuitable for anything other than ice shows/hockey and horse events.Obviously the number of "bums on seats" matter more than the comfort of those that are paying through the nose for concerts. The Waterfront Hall outstrips the Odyssey easily.

Visited March 2013
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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“cold space”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

i have been to a few events in the odessey and have sat on the floor areas
i have found the seating to be cold and there was no atmosphere
there are better venues for events in belfast
i have been in the boxes a few times and they are much better viewing

Visited February 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Great place for hockey”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I have to say after Nottingham's NIC this is the best arena for ice hockey in Britain. Can get a real atmosphere going. The only downside is the price of beer, however this is to be expected at most venues now days

Visited March 2013
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