Newcastle Telewest Arena is the largest concert and exhibition venue spread over a 40,000 sq metre site. The Newcastle Telewest Arena opened in November 1995 and the first concert was by David Bowie on December 7. The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle, as it is now known has a seating capacity of 11,000 +. The Newcastle Arena has been host to concerts, exhibitions, conferences and Premier League Basketball games. With proximity to the city centre and the airport and mainline train station, the Metro Newcastle Arena has a vantage location. There is ample parking space at the Newcastle Arena. There are engineering facilities available on the arena site.
Metro Radio Arena Newcastle was conceived and built by Chas Chandler, who was a member of the popular 60s band 'The Animals'. Some of the biggest names in entertainment have performed at the Radio Newcastle Arena -- Oasis, Shirley Bassey, Wet Wet Wet, Phil Collins, Simply Red, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, AC/DC, Elton John, Riverdance, Disney on Ice, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Cher and many more. The Newcastle has seen performances by Pavarotti, Sir Elton John, Neil Diamond and Sir Cliff Richard.