The SSE Arena
The SSE Arena
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Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The SSE Arena, Belfast opened in December 2000 as part of Northern Ireland's landmark Millennium project. This world-class arena can stage a number of sporting events with an Olympic sized Ice pad and is home to the Belfast Giants professional Ice Hockey team. With a 200m hydraulically built athletics track built around the ice pad, we can host indoor athletics events. Other sports include Basketball, Boxing, Arenacross, Darts and wrestling. Not only providing a multitude of sports, the Arena can attract international stars from the world of pop, rock, hip-hop and classical music. Artists include Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Rihanna and Beyonce to name but a few. The Arena has seating capacities from 2,500 for an intimate theatre format up to as much as 10,800 for full concert setting. Another string to the bow is the Arena's capacity to host a number of conferences and exhibitions. With over 3700m² pillar free floor space and a 22m free ceiling height, along with a registration area in the front foyer many exhibitions have proved a great success. With the addition of comedy shows and family shows such as Disney On Ice and musical/dance shows such as Riverdance, we can provide a plethora of entertainment and enjoyment to the people of Northern Ireland and beyond! The SSE Arena, Belfast provides an outstanding location for first class Corporate Hospitality to businesses in Northern Ireland. The Arena possesses 24 Corporate Hospitality suites comprising of 20 x 12 seated suites and 4 x 28 seated suites along with a 64 seated luxury lounge facility.
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  • Oisin A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Belfast vs hc Bolzano.
    I went to this game with my mother and we were not disappointed. It was very entertaining and we loved it when the players were fighting. the game ended up 4 to 0 with Belfast being the winner which is good for both the team and their fans. The food was great with the burgers being my favourite and would definitely eat again. The only problem I could find would be having to leave early do to the parking but that should not ruin the experience. Overall this was an amazing game and we have already booked tickets for a future game and definitely recommend going when available.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Bernie M
    5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Parking a major issue
    Disney on Ice Show was fantastic ...however venue needs to address parking issues.. getting in and out of venue was horrendous! Cars backed up on all roads ..taking 45 minutes plus to exit car park.. I would advise parking elsewhere and walking to venue..
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 November 2023
  • 100racheal79
    Limerick, Ireland133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent staff
    Amazing run venue. Staff very friendly. Saw a few incidents of people standing needing assistance and staff immediately on it. Handing out water to those standing. Great venue . Worth the 400 km trip to see concert
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Malmoman
    Newry, United Kingdom3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Let down by car park
    Went to see a concert .The first time I used the Ticketmaster app. I found all the staff very helpful and patient. Unfortunately the carpark let the side down. I also emailed the concert hall during the previous week with an access query and they didn't have manners to reply.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
  • weedander
    Belfast, United Kingdom24 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Floor seats were unbearable tightly packed.
    Paid a large amount of money to see Bill Bailey live. We chose seats close to the front to get the best experience, platinum seats with pricing to match. However we ended up in the back terrace because the floor seating was so tightly packed we were physically squashed into the seats. The seats themselves are narrower than an average persons shoulder width and are set tight together giving you no wriggle room. This was then compounded by a lovely but very large lady sitting beside us which meant I lost another part of my seat to her. We asked if we could move and the staff were very helpful and friendly which is why I’ve given 3stars rather than one. The terrace seats were great. Much more comfortable and with enough width. However they were not the platinum seats we paid for. We also discovered we were sitting beside another couple who had made the exact same complaint. Not what we expected from an expensive night out!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
  • richard r
    Newbury, United Kingdom9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t bother with SSE reward lounge
    Had booked to see Simple Minds and also got the upgrade to the SSE lounge, which was a complete waste of time, we arrived and there was a big queue at the bar and no seats anywhere to be seen. I walked out and the bar across from it was queue free. Speaking to the person on the door they told us it holds 54 and that there was 35 in it at the present time. A complete waste of time, I’ve it booked for UB40 in November but I’m not going to bother as it wasn’t worth even bothering to go into. Great venue though, concert was amazing. Shame the SSE Reward lounge wasn’t.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 March 2024
  • gary h
    Belfast City Region, United Kingdom181 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Premier League Darts week 2024
    First time at this competition held this year in Belfast. Great venue for this event which is well suited to the SSE arena. Real family and positive vibe from the crowd. Only usual problems is the far too long queues for the drinks/food. Missed some matches due to the wait. Many punters in the queues all agreed if one of the screens in the kiosks displayed live footage of the concerts/ events it would please all having to wait 2pmons+ on average. Again big queues for toilets but to be expected however if they could speed up the food and drinks kiosks wait time it definately would improve the overall experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 April 2024
  • Kirsty R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Staff are Amazing!!!
    Amazing night from start too finish took the wee man to watch WWE. We had seats that were high up and he got very frightened of the heights. Straight away staff were on hand to help us out. They put me at ease as they seen the stress on my face probably ha ha. They sent us to concierge desk and the lady's working there were absolutely amazing, one was called Laura and didn't quite catch the other lady's name but they got us sorted with lower seats in not time at all. All staff are amazing and lovely.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Bubbles
    Sheffield, United Kingdom139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab!
    Came here to see Niall Horan in February and I have to say this has been one of the nicest concert experiences I’ve had! The staff were friendly and if they said something would happen at a certain time then it did! There was no lying to the fans or anything like that! Just a great experience overall and would definitely see another concert here!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 May 2024
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Brendan r
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The concert was amazing but the food inside was not great. Went to the VIP lounge. We asked for coffee and tea but were told there was no milk in the building!!What??
Written 22 June 2024
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Stef
London, UK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Went to a comedy show at the sse, the first time visiting in years. The staff were super helpful and cheery, the inside of the sse has had a good face-lift and the old bars/restaurants are gone and replaced with the likes of 5 guys and nandos, bowling and golf etc. Still alot of empty space and the arena bar service is still slow but overall good 👍
Written 12 June 2024
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Bubbles
Sheffield, UK139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Came here to see Niall Horan in February and I have to say this has been one of the nicest concert experiences I’ve had!
The staff were friendly and if they said something would happen at a certain time then it did! There was no lying to the fans or anything like that! Just a great experience overall and would definitely see another concert here!
Written 18 May 2024
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Kirsty R
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Amazing night from start too finish took the wee man to watch WWE. We had seats that were high up and he got very frightened of the heights. Straight away staff were on hand to help us out. They put me at ease as they seen the stress on my face probably ha ha. They sent us to concierge desk and the lady's working there were absolutely amazing, one was called Laura and didn't quite catch the other lady's name but they got us sorted with lower seats in not time at all. All staff are amazing and lovely.
Written 21 April 2024
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Laura S
United Kingdom186 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went to a show, which was fantastic. However the security staff wouldn't let children take photos. The stars were posing for pictures but the security staff were rude and aggressive. Never seen any other arena behave like this for this type of show. Poor behaviour.
Written 21 April 2024
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gary h
Belfast City Region, UK181 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
First time at this competition held this year in Belfast. Great venue for this event which is well suited to the SSE arena. Real family and positive vibe from the crowd. Only usual problems is the far too long queues for the drinks/food. Missed some matches due to the wait. Many punters in the queues all agreed if one of the screens in the kiosks displayed live footage of the concerts/ events it would please all having to wait 2pmons+ on average. Again big queues for toilets but to be expected however if they could speed up the food and drinks kiosks wait time it definately would improve the overall experience.
Written 9 April 2024
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richard r
Newbury, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Had booked to see Simple Minds and also got the upgrade to the SSE lounge, which was a complete waste of time, we arrived and there was a big queue at the bar and no seats anywhere to be seen. I walked out and the bar across from it was queue free. Speaking to the person on the door they told us it holds 54 and that there was 35 in it at the present time. A complete waste of time, I’ve it booked for UB40 in November but I’m not going to bother as it wasn’t worth even bothering to go into. Great venue though, concert was amazing. Shame the SSE Reward lounge wasn’t.
Written 20 March 2024
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Rosemary C
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Advert for show stated 7.30-11pm, paid £42.50 each for 4 of us, floor seats to tight side by side, show didn't start till 8pm to my astonishment ended at 9.20pm, 1hr 20mins, never have I been to a show anywhere that was this short, most expensive for 1hr 20mins, ridiculous even though the concert was very good (music bit loud for the singing at times). We'd arranged our lift for 11.15pm according to show advertised, bar areas closed, quickly ushered outside, definitely wouldn't recommend
Written 18 February 2024
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weedander
Belfast, UK24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Paid a large amount of money to see Bill Bailey live. We chose seats close to the front to get the best experience, platinum seats with pricing to match. However we ended up in the back terrace because the floor seating was so tightly packed we were physically squashed into the seats. The seats themselves are narrower than an average persons shoulder width and are set tight together giving you no wriggle room. This was then compounded by a lovely but very large lady sitting beside us which meant I lost another part of my seat to her. We asked if we could move and the staff were very helpful and friendly which is why I’ve given 3stars rather than one. The terrace seats were great. Much more comfortable and with enough width. However they were not the platinum seats we paid for. We also discovered we were sitting beside another couple who had made the exact same complaint.

Not what we expected from an expensive night out!
Written 11 February 2024
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Malmoman
Newry, UK3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Went to see a concert .The first time I used the Ticketmaster app. I found all the staff very helpful and patient. Unfortunately the carpark let the side down. I also emailed the concert hall during the previous week with an access query and they didn't have manners to reply.
Written 10 February 2024
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