Member’s profile: Hull Venue
Hull Venue is a state-of-the-art, music and events complex with a capacity of up to 3,500 people that will allow Hull to attract large corporate conferences, exhibitions and trade tours as well as major touring concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows and sporting events. The plans include the building of the new arena, alongside the rebuilding of Osborne Street car park and additional public spaces in a currently derelict area on Myton Street behind Princes Quay shopping centre. The arena is scheduled to open during the summer of 2018.
The arena will have the flexibility to reduce to a 2,600 all-seated event and a 1,400m2 exhibition space plus 800 capacity conference auditorium. The arena will also be able to host large-scale banquets which have previously been unable to come to the city. Around 800 people will be catered for with enough space for stage-based entertainment and a dance floor.
The arena’s VIP lounge can host 250 people for either pre-show entertainment and dining, or as part of a small-scale workshop. The venue’s flexibility is its strength as the smaller lounges can also be used as breakout spaces for larger conferences and exhibitions.
The arena has a number of large bar areas, including space in the lobby. A large red staircase welcomes VIP guests, cascading up through the floor levels as one of the venue’s brightest and most welcoming features.
The building is owned by Hull City Council and will be managed by SMG Europe.
SMG is the world leader in venue management, operation and marketing. Our mission is to deliver an exceptional guest experience across all our venues; from international stadiums, arenas and congress centres to intimate theatres and unique entertainment spaces. Since SMG was founded in 1977, we have nurtured a management philosophy that has become the industry benchmark for the best in venue operation, management and service delivery. With our network of global venues and world class management team, no other private management company can match the breadth and range of our expertise. With more than 220 venues worldwide – including the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Chile, Poland and Germany – SMG Europe also manages Manchester Arena, Metro Radio Arena Newcastle, first direct arena Leeds as well as The Baths Hall and The Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe.
The arena has been constructed by BAM Construction.