Leeds Arena - due to officially open its doors in September - is to be given an impromptu road test this July at the request of rock legend Bruce Springsteen.
The management team at Leeds Arena this morning revealed today that The Boss has made a special request to play the new venue this summer.
The show will be a special one-off performance incorporated into his ongoing Wrecking Ball world tour and the 13,500 capacity venue will play host to the rock legend and his E Street Band on Wednesday, July 24.
Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday from 9am, priced £65.00.
This will be Springsteen’s first indoor UK show since his arena tour in 2007.
Arena director Tony Watson said: “We are delighted that all of our stakeholders’ hard work in building a world class arena in Leeds has attracted the attention of an international superstar such as Bruce Springsteen. The team is ecstatic that an artist of this sheer calibre will be providing all of us with, what is effectively, a big dress rehearsal for the arena for its opening season.
“Springsteen has always expressed a love of performing in the UK and, from what I understand, any opportunity to put Leeds Arena through its paces was too much to resist. We’re more than happy to take orders from The Boss on this occasion.”
The arena will officially open on September 4 with a performance by Sir Elton John, in what will be the internationally celebrated singer-songwriter’s only UK indoor concert date this year.
Coun Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: “This is an unexpected but very welcome announcement. To hear that the arena’s appeal is such that the advance actually came from Bruce Springsteen’s people is incredibly exciting.
“Leeds has waited a long time to welcome him back since his legendary 1985 Roundhay Park concert. It also means that the people of Leeds will be able to enjoy their amazing new arena and it will make its mark on the city’s cultural landscape far earlier than originally anticipated.
“We will be handing over the arena to SMG on schedule towards the end of March and it is then up to them to fit it out to their requirements and open it on a date of their choice. Personally I am delighted at the prospect of a world-famous rock icon such as Bruce Springsteen performing there and am looking forward to him helping us get Leeds Arena firmly on the map.”
Other acts already confirmed for the arena include comedians Micky Flanagan and Miranda Hart, Leeds’s own Kaiser Chiefs and Andrea Bocelli.
For tickets to see Bruce Springsteen phone the Leeds Arena box office on 0844 2481585, visit leeds-arena.com or buy in person from the Leeds Arena pop up box office in Leeds Town Hall.