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Venue Hire

The SSE Arena Belfast can cater for all types of events, up to 10,800 guests.

For smaller shows, we can transform the arena for an intimate feel.

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Why Choose the SSE?

Flexible formats including an ice rink

10,800 capacity in the heart of Belfast

In-house food and beverage

Merchandise stands

Marketing support team with top class customer services


  • We aim to support all of our promoters to sell as many tickets as possible with a comprehensive marketing support package.
  • This package includes but is not limited to: website content, email campaigns, social media content and paid for ads, in venue digital signage, PR activities and more.


  • As a Ticketmaster venue we sell our tickets through all Ticketmaster channels.
  • Tickets can be issued as physical tickets, print at home tickets or mobile tickets.


  • The SSE Arena offers a range of services to promoters including dressing rooms, production offices, equipment, light, sound, electric, security and medical.
  • Our venue is equipped with public Wi-Fi and 200 IPTV screens.

Technical Information

  • Small Exhibition: 1,800sqm (W30m x L60m)
  • Large Exhibition: 3,700sqm (W46m x L80m)
  • Full Hall, End Stage Seated 8,700
  • Full Hall, End Stage Standing 10,800
  • Half Hall, End Stage Seated 4,700
  • In the Round, Seated 8,900
  • In the Round, Standing 10,200

*Various configurations possible including centre stage & other seated layouts, up to approximately 11,000.

  • 4 x large team dressing/locker rooms for 22 persons, subdividable with changing areas, all with toilet & shower facilities.
  • 10 x multiple use rooms of various sizes, all with toilet & shower facilities.
  • Coach, trainer & drugs test room available.
  • Telephone & data points available in each area.
  • Keypad entry system on all dressing rooms.
  • Heineken Lounge, 150sqm
  • Harbour Room, 35sqm
  • Board Room, 25sqm
  • VIP Suites, 20 @ 24sqm, 4 @ 36sqm, 1 @ 112 sqm
  • Secure Service Yard: 550 sqm
  • 3 Loading Doors: 2 @ 3.5m x 4m, 1 @ 7m x 4m
  • Ceiling Height: Max 22m clearance from floor to underside of roof.
  • Floor Loadings: From 2000kg per sq m to 5000kg per sqm of uniformly distributed load. Specific point loading of 1000kg per sq m.
  • Ice Pad: Ice floor in place from Aug - April (may vary year on year).
  • Rigging plans should be submitted to the Operations department for approval.
  • Permanent ice floor & ice hockey facilities.
  • 200m running track, and 60m sprint track with run-off.
  • Long jump/triple jump, high jump & pole vault facilities available, plus full warm up areas.
  • Dividable motorised curtain to subdivide arena if required.
  • Clearcom intercom system.
  • 4 x Xenon Supertroopers.
  • 1 x 2 tonne forklift, 1 x 2.5 tonne forklift and 1 x 3 tonne forklift
  • Telecommunications equipment available.
  • Power points in each gallery. Interview facilities if required.
  • For stage queries please contact Operations.
  • Stage Right 1200amp (max) TPN powerlock
  • Stage Left 800amp (max) TPN powerlock
  • Centre Roof 2 x 200amp TPN powerlock
  • Outside Broadcast 200amp TPN powerlock
  • Rear Service Yard 200amp (max) TPN ceeform
  • Camera/Follow spot 32amp TPN & 63 amp TPN
  • 152 Musco Sports Lights (max 2000 lux)
  • Walk-in lights: instantaneous halogen flood lighting
  • PA system: suitable only for background music and annunciation.
  • NB see technical department for further details and suitability.
  • Each of the 2 Daktronics screens is approx. 6m wide x 4m high
  • They are placed in opposite corners of the arena and operated by a show controller
  • The screens can play live video and pre-recorded advertisements.
  • They can also be used as scoreboards for sporting events.
  • Various major sales points plus options for several portable stands on the main concourse level.
  • 1 main bar (200sq m).
  • 1 sales point on the ground floor.
  • Backstage catering - kitchen, preparation, serving & eating areas.
  • House security - 24 hour security in house.
  • Event Stewarding - in house.
  • CCTV - Substantial coverage throughout the Arena & external areas.
  • 2 positions for merchandise sales (one on ground floor, and one on main concourse), plus programme stands.
  • Additional interior/exterior areas available for use if required.
  • Fully trained staff covering two first aid areas on the concourse and ground floor levels.
  • Medical facilities (doctor, dentist, chiropractor, masseur) can be arranged in advance, or to be on site in an emergency.

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