Odyssey (Belfast)

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The Odyssey seen from the M2/M3
Location Belfast, Northern Ireland
Owner Odyssey Trust
Operator Odyssey Millennium Ltd (Arena)
KPMG (Pavilion)
Capacity 11,000
Broke ground 1998/1999
Opened 2000 (Arena)
2001 (Pavilion)
Belfast Giants (EIHL) (2000–present)
odysseyarena.com (Arena)
odysseypavilion.co.uk (Pavilion)
theodyssey.co.uk (Odyssey Trust)
odysseybowl.co.uk (Odyssey Bowl)
odysseycinemas.co.uk (Odyssey Cinema)

The Odyssey, which consists of the Odyssey Pavilion, Odyssey Arena (soon to be SSE Arena Belfast) and W5 is a large sports and entertainment centre situated in Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, a part of the Belfast Harbour Estate. It was jointly funded by the Millennium Commission, the Laganside Corporation, the DCAL, the Sheridan Group and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland. The Arena opened in 2000 with the Pavilion later opening in 2001. The Odyssey is quoted to have cost £120 million on completion. In 2011 The Odyssey Pavilion which was owned by The Sheridan Group went into administration, the building is now under control of KPMG until a new owner is found.


World champion boxer Carl Frampton has fought at the Odyssey 5 times. The venue has also hosted a number of World Wrestling Entertainment live events including RAW and SmackDown!. WWE visits the Odyssey at least once a year. It hosted UFC 72: Victory on 16 June 2007.

Since 2008, it has played host to the Premier League Darts.

On 2 October 2010, the Boston Bruins faced the Belfast Giants Selects in an NHL Challenge match.

On 2 March 2011, MTV announced it would be hosting its annual European Music Awards in The Odyssey Arena. The event took place on Sunday 6 November. It was the first time the event had been hosted in Northern Ireland, and Belfast was the smallest host city in the EMA's history. It was also named MTV'S most successful EMA awards show.


The Odyssey Arena[edit]

Odyssey Arena logo until September 2015

Northern Ireland's biggest indoor arena, with a capacity of 10,000+ for concerts,[1] hosts concerts and sporting events such as Belfast Giants games. On 25 June 2015, it was announced the Arena would undergo a £3 million refurbishment and become the SSE Arena on September 4, 2015. The naming rights will last for 10 years.[2]

The Odyssey Pavilion[edit]


  • Bars; Rockies Sports Bar, Chic Shed Bar
  • Restaurants; Soda Joes, Pizza Hut, The Streat, Red Panda
  • Nightclubs; Box Nightclub
  • The Odyssey Bowl
  • Odyssey Cinemas (formerly Storm cinema, Vue) 12–screen multiplex.

A Sheridan IMAX operated in the complex from 2000 until 2007, with its former location remaining vacant since.


Stands for "Who, What, Where, When, Why". W5 is an award winning science exhibition centre demonstrating the powers of science. Accessed via the Pavilion.


In October 2009, The Odyssey Trust sought planning permission for a £100 m extension plan. The plans include 800 residential units, two hotels, a promenade, shops, additional leisure facilities and a multi-storey car park.[3] As to date no work has been carried out on the extension plan.

On 29 November 2013, the owners of the Odyssey won planning permission for an extension to include hotels, shops and apartments creating around 1,000 new job's. Work is due to start immediately, with around 800 people set to work on construction of the scheme – described as the biggest redevelopment in Belfast in years. Odyssey Trust's plan is to build next to the existing Odyssey Arena and Pavilion as part of the restart of the Belfast master plan.


The Odyssey was short-listed for 'International Large Venue of the Year' (Outside of North America) in the 2005 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, making it one of the top six major concert venues in the world.[4][5]


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Coordinates: 54°36′15″N 5°54′54″W / 54.60417°N 5.91500°W / 54.60417; -5.91500