The Manchester Arena opened in 1995 and is the main live entertainment venue in the city. Events here range from rock and pop concerts to comedy, boxing and children’s shows. It has previously been named after commercial sponsors and has been called the NYNEX Arena, Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena, and the Phones 4u Arena.
Box Office & Tickets
The box office is open from 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday. Opening times are extended until ¼ hour after the main act has gone on stage on event nights. It also opens on Sundays at midday if there is an event taking place.
Tickets can be purchased online from Eventim, the Manchester Arena’s official booking agent. Booking fees apply.
The maximum capacity of the Manchester Arena is 21,000, making it the biggest indoor arena in the UK.
The layout and capacity varies with the event being staged. For example, at a boxing match all the seats in both the upper and lower tiers can be available, but at a music concert no seats are offered behind the stage.
Other major indoor arenas in the UK and their capacities include the Echo Arena Liverpool (11,000), The O2 Arena in London (20,000), and Genting Arena (NEC) in Birmingham (15,700).
Location, Directions & Parking
The Manchester Arena is situated at the northern end of Manchester city centre, next to Manchester Victoria Train Station.
Train & Metrolink
There’s a direct link to the Manchester Arena from Manchester Victoria Train Station and Victoria Metrolink Station. Visitors arriving at Manchester Piccadilly Train Station can walk or catch the Metrolink tram to Manchester Victoria.
Bus & Coach
The Shudehill Interchange is just 400 yards from the Manchester Arena.
The easiest way to get to the Manchester Arena by car is to leave the M60 motorway at Junction 17 and follow the A56 directly to the venue.
Visitors with satellite navigation systems should note that the postcode for the MEN Arena is M3 1AR.
The official onsite car park is operated by NCP. It is a manned, 24-hour multi-storey car park with over 950 spaces. The entrance is on New Bridge Street (turn left from the A56 just before the arena).
Other NCP car parks within easy walking distance of the arena include those on Park Street (surface, 87 spaces), Manchester Printworks (multi-storey, 777 spaces) and the Manchester Arndale (multi-storey, 1383 spaces).
For details of charges, exact locations, opening times etc. visit the NCP website and search for parking spaces using the postcode for the Manchester Arena M3 1AR.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the Manchester Arena. Furthermore, visitors are not permitted to leave the building to smoke and re-enter. Electronic cigarettes are also prohibited.
Professional cameras with interchangeable lenses are prohibited. Small digital cameras are permitted by most promoters.
Small bags are allowed but may be searched. Patrons are not permitted to bring food, drink, golf umbrellas and banners into the venue.
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