March’s Venue Of The Month – The Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Our Angel of The North East

About The Utilita Arena, Newcastle

The Utilita Arena, Newcastle is located in the vibrant city centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Unique to the North East, it is an established world class venue.

The Utilita Arena, is officially ranked 8th as one of the UK’s busiest venues by Pollstar Magazine and is the largest concert and exhibition venue in the North East of England.

The 11,000+ seater purpose built Utilita Arena was the brainchild of former Animals star, the late Chas Chandler and his partner in Park Arena Nigel Stanger. It opened in November 1995 with basketball, and then its first concert… the legendary, David Bowie took place on Thursday 7th December.Since its opening, the Utilita Arena quickly established itself as a superb venue and major North East landmark, alongside the Tyne Bridge, Angel of the North and Hadrian’s Wall. It has already played host to millions of visitors to concerts, exhibitions, conferences and world class sporting events.

Some of the biggest names in the entertainment world have paraded their talents there featuring the likes of Oasis, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Kylie, Elton John, Coldplay, Beyonce, Rihanna, Take That, Kasabian, Andre Rieu, Michael Buble, Peter Kay, Cirque Du Soleil and the internationally acclaimed Les Miserables to name just a few.

The 40,000 square feet of exhibition and conference space is the largest under one roof in the North East and has hosted many prestigious events, including the BT AGM and the Northern Rock Building Society.

Delicious Entertainment

Corporate suite hospitality

Suite holders are able to select a menu to suit their guests and the event. Having recently undergone a menu refresh an example of what you can enjoy is the ‘South of the Border Menu’ giving hospitality guests a taste of tex-mex style fayre including tasty things like: Pulled beef chilli, tacos, Guacamole, sour cream, sweetcorn salsa with nachos and cheese, chicken and sweet pepper enchiladas and mushroom and vegetable chilli. Or guests would prefer the ‘Shades of the Med Menu’ offering stuffed baby peppers, cream cheese pitta bread, houmous, lamb kofta – spiced minced lamb, minted yoghurt, chicken & chorizo skewers with sweet peppers & red onion, amongst some delicious vibrant salads and sides.

Private Members Lounges

The Utilita Arena offers two private members lounges, The Utilita Lounge for up to 80 guests and the Hospitality Live Lounge which has a capacity of 120 guests.

Access to the lounges are available on an annual basis as well one off packages which include the Laurent Perrier Experience, ideal for small groups.

The Laurent-Perrier Experience includes access into a member’s only lounge and prime tier tickets. Here you are able to enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier in the comfort and privacy of a members lounge with a delicious deli style platter.The Utilita Arena work flexibly to suit their audiences adapting hospitality packages to reflect the individuality of each event.

‘When Little Mix perform here in October we’re excited to be  working with a local supplier to offer something extra special to our VIP guests, we have a makeup team from Inglot coming down to offer incredible festival glitter make overs to our guests!” – Caroline Ginnane , Head of Commercial Sales and Marketing

Hospitality guests will also be able to enjoy:

  • Prime view seat located in seating block 217 Access to the member’s only lounge pre-show and at the interval
  • Cocktail or mocktail on arrival
  • Cup of Sweets from our ‘Little Pick n Mix’ Sweet Cart
  • Complimentary ‘Glitter Festival’ makeover by friends, INGLOT at intu.

Foyer bars

Bars in the main foyer areas offer a range of drinks to enjoy pre-show and during the interval. Snacks and confectionery are available including pizza, chips and burgers.

Conferencing and Events

Dinners and award ceremonies are always memorable events and the Utilita Arena is an exceptionally unique venue delivering a bespoke experience.Offering a unique setting to wow guests by dining in the same room global superstars have played!

Present on the same stage that has seen the likes of Take That and the late George Michael entertain the crowds. The auditorium transforms into an extraordinary banqueting space, accommodating up to as much as 1,500 guests or as few as 500. The open plan space with purpose built stage is ideal for parties, dinners and award ceremonies. The arena offers menus to meet your preferences and dietary requirements, from canapés, delegate catering and family favourites to gourmet dinners and banquets, they can create a personalised catering experience. They also make wine and champagne recommendations to complement your menu choice.

Some examples of menus we offer are:

Bowl Food Menu
Fresh salad
Seared salmon Niçoise salad Feta and black olive salad
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Seared chicken, wild mushroom and tarragon risotto
Beef bourguignon with strips of beef, shallots, lardons and mushrooms
Three bean chilli with sour cream
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Mini dessert selection
Mini dark chocolate torte with strawberries and a raspberry compote
Lemon posset with strawberries and a raspberry compote

Dinner Menu
Tastes of tropical melon
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Duo of beef – Beef brisket and bon bon with fondant potato heritage glazed carrot, greens and pan roasted jus
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Duo of desserts—Dark chocolate torte and lemon posset with strawberries and raspberry compote
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Followed by freshly percolated coffee with milk and mints

Standing out from the crowd

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The team at Utilita Arena are always looking to go the extra mile and stand out from the crowd.

They work with local retailers and suppliers to offer VIP guests something a little different when they attend an event with them including:

• Exclusive discounts with local retailers
• The Botanist designed themed cocktails and showed of their cocktail making skills for VIP’s at the Kylie Minogue Concert
• inglot make up teams offered free 80’s make overs VIP’s at Boy George
• Throughout Disney on Ice they offered a family experience prize to be won, every show in the kids snack packs
• Pop-a-Ball prosecco event with free fizz flavouring for all members

The team are currently looking to enhance the experiences for their VIP guests, future Ideas include:

• Mini Golf games in lounges for guests to have some fun
• Free samples from local retailers
• Goody Bags from local businesses
• Containers that can be kept as a memento of the experience
• Acoustic performances in the lounges

Intrigued to find out more?

Contact:

Email: UAhospitality@smgnewcastle.co.uk

Telephone: 0191 260 6023

Website: utilitaarena.co.uk

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