Arena event raises £9000 for cancer charity

Picture caption: "Louise Creedon from Macmillan receives the donation from Nigel McAvoy from BAM, while  Gordon Alexader from SMG Europe and Cllr Richard Lewis look on."

A charity event held earlier this year to celebrate the completion of the construction of the first direct arena raised £9000 for Macmillan Cancer Care.

The event, which was organised by contractors BAM and Leeds City Council to celebrate handing over the arena building to operators SMG Europe – gave people who worked on the arena a chance to get a sneak–peek of the newly completed building.

Representatives from BAM, SMG and Leeds City Council handed over the donation of £9000 to Macmillan Cancer Care – which was raised from a charity auction at the event earlier this year.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member responsible for economy and development said: “Macmillan is a fantastic organisation which does some really worthwhile work with cancer patients and their families.

“It is great that all the partners involved in creating this wonderful building and focal point for the city, have been able to help raise this money for such a well deserving charity.”

John Philips, construction director for BAM said:“It has been a real privilege to be part of the team that has delivered this world class Arena for Leeds. Throughout its life the project has provided a vehicle for so many good causes and we are very proud to have contributed to the Macmillan Cancer Charity”;

“Every one of the people that worked for BAM on this complex and wonderful building wanted to give their time and energy to help Macmillan Cancer Support. That tells you not only how good team spirit was at the Leeds Arena, but also how important and motivating it is for us to help Macmillan which gives the community practical help to fight cancer.”

Work on the £60m, arena, which saw its first performance by US rock superstar Bruce Springsteen in July this year, started in February 2011, and the building was topped-out by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth during her Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012.

The arena which has a 13,000 seat capacity, will host more than 140 events each year including rock concerts, boxing matches, comedy shows and ice dancing.

The first direct area is a theatre style venue with all seats facing the performance area, with perfect sight-lines and spectators much closer to the stage than other traditional bowl venues. The external design is a stunning honeycomb of lights that can change colour to reflect the mood of event at the time.

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