Outside First Direct Arena, Leeds, England.

The construction crews behind England’s newest arena thought they had until early September to put the finishing touches on the $93 million First Direct Arena, built for the city of Leeds outside of Manchester. Its unique shell-shape and ultraintimate 13,500-seating bowl had the teams at Populous and SMG Europe racing to get the building opened by early fall in time for a Sept. 4 concert by Elton John.

That is until a funny thing happe...


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