Located in Belfast, on the east side of the River Lagan, the Odyssey Arena is the country’s largest in-door stadium with a capacity of 14,000. Check out our guide to what’s happening here this December.
The Odyssey Arena is Belfast’s premier sports and entertainment venue and showcases the very best acts, shows and sporting events both on a national and international level.
Where will you find it? It’s situated on the east side of the River Lagan in an area known as The Titanic Quarter at Belfast City Harbour. The location was originally the shipyard grounds of Harland and Wolff, where the ill-fated Titanic was built.
Today The Titanic Quarter is home to many apartment buildings, a large Titanic entertainment attraction, a riverside entertainment venue, The Northern Ireland Science Park which works closely with Queens University in Belfast, and of course The Odyssey Arena which is located adjacent to the Quarter.
The ‘Titanic Park’ was officially opened in 1995 by United States President Bill Clinton, today it is known as ‘The Titanic Quarter’ and it continues to grow and flourish and entertain both local and international visitors.
The Odyssey Arena has played host to some major national and international artists from Kylie Minogue to Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne to Dolly Parton, and Girls Aloud to Westlife. It’s also home to the Belfast Giants Ice Hockey Team.
In 2005 The Odyssey Arena was short-listed in the ‘International Large Venue of the Year’ award and it is today classed as one of the top 6 major concert venues in the world.
The Odyssey Arena is made up of four parts
The Arena – showcasing the very best in entertainment and sporting events.
W5 – W5 stands for Who, What, Where, When and Why, this is a wonderful Science Exhibition that showcases scientific powers.
The Pavilion – contains bars, clubs, restaurants and a 12 screen multiplex cinema. The Pavilion also plays host to Cool FM’s ‘Cool Pod’ which is broadcasted every Friday and Saturday nights.
The Sheridan IMAX – IMAX meaning ‘images maximum’ was Northern Ireland’s first IMAX and attracts a huge audience.
Listed are the top events for December 2008 at the Odyssey Arena:
Tuesday 2nd December 2008 – Cliff Richard.
Thursday 4th December 2008 – Young Voices in Concert.
Friday 5th December 2008 – Coors Belfast Giants v Manchester Phoenix.
Saturday 6th December 2008 – Simple Minds with special guests Deacon Blue.
Friday 12th December 2008 – Coors Belfast Giants v Nottingham Panthers.
Thursday 18th December 2008 – Coors Belfast Giants v Hull Stingrays.
Friday 19th December 2008 – Coldplay.
Saturday 20th December 2008 – Kings of Leon.
Tuesday 23rd December 2008 – Rescheduled Coldplay Concert.
Saturday 27th December 2008 – Coors Belfast Giants v Edinburgh Capitals.
Tuesday 30th December 2008 – Coors Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers.
For an up to date listing of events taking place during the month of December and the New Year, check out the The Odyssey Arena website.
The Odyssey Arena offers the very best and top class facilities in modern and comfortable surroundings. The Arena also offers 1,500 car parking spaces, disabled access, and much more and of course a wonderful line up of entertainment. Make sure to put the Odyssey Arena top of your list when you visit Belfast.
How to get to the Odyssey Arena
Check out the Odyssey Arena directions.
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