SSE Arena re-opens after £3m revamp

Northern Ireland’s biggest indoor arena is set to reopen with a new look and new name.

The SSE Arena, Belfast, formerly known as the Odyssey Arena, now boasts 9,000 new seats, 180 digital screens and high speed broadband access following the 10-week re-vamp costing £3 million.

The venue has joined the UK-wide stable of SSE entertainment venues including The SSE Hydro in Glasgow and The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Neil Walker, general manager, said: “The arena has been improved to the highest specification to ensure we deliver world class live entertainment, with digital and wifi capacity to help enhance our customers’ enjoyment.”

Since it opened in 2000, the arena has welcomed more than eight million visitors.

The new name, SSE Arena, Belfast, is part of a major 10-year naming rights deal with energy provider SSE Airtricity.

It is home to the Belfast Giants Ice Hockey team and next month hosts three sold-out shows by One Direction.

Jillian Saunders, brand manager at SSE Airtricity, said: “Along with the Arena management team we are looking forward to unveiling the new-look SSE Arena, Belfast and to welcoming entertainment fans from across the UK and Ireland to this world-class venue.”