In the city centre the O2 Academy opened on Friday 11th April 2008, with a sell-out gig from local heroes Reverend and The Makers and an after-party courtesy of Jarvis Cocker.
The £3.5m development includes a large auditorium with a capacity of 2,100 which allows patrons to move between stalls and balcony with the venue having no seating except in the disabled area. There is also a secondary smaller room O2 Academy2, which holds 500 people.
All concerts at both Academy venues are all standing with tickets sold on a general admission basis.
The O2 Academy is located in the centre of Sheffield and is easy to get to by all major approach roads, including the M1. If you’re driving to the venue, the closest 24 hour NCP car park is next door at Arundel Gate, Pond Street, Sheffield.
Bus - The venue is within easy reach of many city centre bus routes and is next to the Sheffield Interchange on Arundel Gate.
Tram - The nearest Supertram stop is Castle Square (Arundel Gate) and all three lines stop here.
Train - The railway station is nearby at less than 800 metres away with services from East Coast, East Midlands, Cross Country, Northern Rail and TransPennine Express trains all passing through for local and national services.
O2 box office is located at the front of the venue. There’s a ramp from street level to the front door.
These are available when you book, but they’re limited on a first come, first served basis.
Guide and hearing assistance dogs are welcome, just be sure to let the venue know when you book.
There is a viewing area in stalls, ground level in the centre of the auditorium for up to three wheelchairs and a further three chairs.
There is another viewing area on the balcony. This would be accessed by the lift, up one floor; or there are two sets of stairs from the auditorium. The area can accommodate up to four wheelchairs and there are four seats available.
There is an accessible toilet at O2 Academy, one in the stalls and one on the first floor,
There are several bars throughout the venue and all have lowered counters.
Most shows and events now use strobe lighting and smoke effects, but the venue will make sure there are signs up to let you know and you can also ask when you arrive.