Dancing On Ice - The Final Tour 2014
Performing: Torvill And Dean
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle, NE4 7NA
Approx. capacity: 11000
Metro Radio Arena (formerly the Newcastle Arena and Telewest Arena) is a sports and entertainment arena in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England, United Kingdom. Owned and operated by the SMG Europe and sponsored by Metro Radio, it hosts music, entertainment, sports & business events. Having also had various professional basketball and ice hockey teams as tenants for much of its history, since 2009 it has had no ice hockey team after the departure of the Newcastle Vipers to the Whitley Bay Ice Rink, and no basketball team since the departure of the Newcastle Eagles to Northumbria University's Sport Central arena in 2010. Two well known local musicians conceived and helped build the arena, Chas Chandler and his business partner Nigel Stanger. The NYSE listed Ogden Corporation was awarded a 20 year contract in February 1995 to design the arena, and once completed, to manage the facility including booking and promotion. According to Ogden, the arena clearly filled a market opportunity for touring acts who had otherwise bypassed the area, with the next nearest local venue being the 2,000 seat Newcastle City Hall, and the only other medium sized venues being as far away as Sheffield to the south or Glasgow to the north. Acts that did visit the region often had to make use of the 3,200 seat Whitley Bay Ice Rink. The arena cost 10m pounds to build, and opened as the Newcastle Arena on Saturday 18 November 1995 with a basketball league game between the resident team the Newcastle Comets, hosting the Doncaster Panthers. The Ogden Corporation assumed full ownership of the arena after Chandler and Stanger sold their stakes. Chandler died in 1996 while Stanger died in 1999. In 1997 the arena was renamed the Telewest Arena after a sponsorship deal with the telecommunications and cable-television company Telewest. In 2000 the Ogden Corporation sold the arena to SMG for $240m. In January 2004 the arena was renamed as the Metro Radio Arena after a new sponsorship deal was signed with the independent local station Metro Radio. The seven figure deal was to last a minimum of three years. By 2005, the end of the first decade of operation, seven million people had attended events at the arena.
The arena is a 5 minute walk away from the metro and train station Newcastle Central.
The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is only 3 minutes from the A1 North - South route. Take the A184 signposted 'City Centre', then follow the A189 over the Redheugh Bridge. When in the vicinity of the Arena, follow the signs to the appropriate car parks.
Taxis can pick up on Railway Street/Arena Way before and after events. There is also a taxi rank at Central Station.
There are two bus routes that go to Railway Street next to the arena: No 22 Goes from Market Street to the Arena, the last one is 6.25pm. No 604 Goes from Eldon Square, the last one is 11.00pm.
There are over 600 convenient Official Car Park spaces available on site at the rear of the building. Alternatively, when the Car Park is full, the venue recommend using the NCP Car Park located next to the Arena, with its entrance on Redheugh Bridge Road.
There are many wheelchair spaces in the arena. They need to be booked through the venue.
The arena has a loop system. Please contact them for more details.
Please contact the venue for further information as it depends on the type of event.
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Doors Open: 6:30PM
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As a responsible entertainment venue, the safety and comfort of our patrons is paramount. This Duty of Care is particularly relevant when protecting minors under 14 years old; as such our policy is that all children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult, defined as someone 16+ years of age who will be present for the full duration of the event.
For certain shows where the audience is both seated and standing, no one under 14 years old will be permitted AT ALL to stand on the auditorium floor.
Parents should always be aware of their general responsibilities regarding their children's safety in situations where they are outside their direct control, and indeed legislation detailing these responsibilities. Dancing on Ice Final Live Tour 2014 is delighted to announce that Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, Broadway and West End theatre star Bonnie Langford, actress Suzanne Shaw and singer Gareth Gates will complete the celebrity line up. They will join singer and West End star Ray Quinn, former England Rugby Captain Kyran Bracken, Coronation Street's Hayley Tamaddon and comedian Joe Pasquale on this final tour.
Alongside this great line up of celebrities, the tour sees the return of the original TV judges. Olympic gold medal winner Robin Cousins who will head the panel along with former professional skaters Karen Barber and Nicky Slater. They will be on hand to give their expert feedback and all important scores to the celebrities and their skating partners.
The four week UK tour will start on 28th March at the Manchester Phones 4 U Arena before visiting London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham and culminating in Leeds on 27th April at the First Direct Arena. Fans will see their favourite skating couples competing live for the judges' votes and the audience can use their mobile phones to text vote for their favourite celebrity to win. Audience votes will then be added to the scores from the judges to decide the overall celebrity winner. The winning couple will then take to the ice for a magical finale performance of Bolero. All of the celebrities will be trained and choreographed by Torvill & Dean. Jayne and Chris who will also perform routines choreographed exclusively for the live tour, including a final performance of their legendary Bolero routine.
On announcing her place on the tour, Britain's greatest ever female gymnast Beth Tweddle said; "I'm excited to be joining the tour, having had such a wonderful experience on the TV show. I absolutely love skating and want to continue for as long as I can. Having competed as a gymnast for over 12 years, learning to skate has been a challenge, but one that I've loved and I can't wait to perform some of my favourite routines in front of the live audiences across the country!"
Broadway and West End theatre star Bonnie Langford commented; "Having been in the first series of Dancing on Ice, nine years ago and the final series, I'm thrilled to be going back on tour with Torvill & Dean. I had a ball last time round, so I'm delighted to be able to relive the magic of the TV show in front of arena audiences across the country."
Actress Suzanne Shaw said; "Winning Dancing on Ice in 2008 was such an amazing moment and I really enjoyed the tour afterwards. Being part of the final tour, with the brilliant Matt Evers, will be the perfect way to celebrate what has been one of the best experiences of my life - I can't wait to return!"
Multimillion selling singer and now one part of the ITV2 Big Reunion super group 5th Story, Gareth Gates said: "I've loved this series, so I'm glad I don't have to hang up my skates just yet - can't wait to get on the tour and skate all around the country! We're going to have a lot of fun."
The professional skaters on the Dancing on Ice The Final Tour; Maria Filippov dancing with Ray Quinn, Nina Ulanova dancing with Kyran Bracken; Daniel Whiston dancing with Hayley Tamaddon; Robin Johnstone dancing with Joe Pasquale; Lukasz Rozycki dancing with Beth Tweddle; Andrei Lipanov dancing with Bonnie Langford: Matt Evers dancing with Suzanne Shaw; and Brianne Delcourt dancing with Gareth Gates.
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