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.
Events - What's On - Manchester Arena
A selection of upcoming shows and events at Manchester Arena are listed below. Tickets can be purchased here.
|Friday 31st March 2017 8:00 pm||Russell Howard|
|Saturday 1st April 2017 6:00 pm||Craig David, Big Narstie|
|Wednesday 5th April 2017 6:00 pm||The Who|
|Friday 7th April 2017 7:30 pm||The Harlem Globetrotters|
|Wednesday 12th April 2017 6:00 pm||Good Mourning Mrs Brown|
|Thursday 13th April 2017 6:00 pm||Good Mourning Mrs Brown|
|Friday 14th April 2017 6:00 pm||Good Mourning Mrs Brown|
|Saturday 15th April 2017 1:00 pm||Good Mourning Mrs Brown|
|Saturday 15th April 2017 6:00 pm||Good Mourning Mrs Brown|
|Sunday 16th April 2017 6:30 pm||Diversity|
|Saturday 22nd April 2017 6:00 pm||Ed Sheeran|
|Sunday 23rd April 2017 6:00 pm||Ed Sheeran|
|Thursday 27th April 2017 8:00 pm||Frankie Valli|
|Friday 28th April 2017 7:00 pm||Shawn Mendes|
|Tuesday 2nd May 2017 6:30 pm||Bruno Mars|
|Tuesday 2nd May 2017 7:00 pm||Bruno Mars|
|Wednesday 3rd May 2017 6:30 pm||Bruno Mars|
|Wednesday 3rd May 2017 7:00 pm||Bruno Mars|
|Thursday 4th May 2017 8:00 pm||Micky Flanagan|
|Friday 5th May 2017 8:00 pm||Micky Flanagan|
|Saturday 6th May 2017 6:00 pm||The Vamps, Sabrina Carpenter|
|Saturday 6th May 2017 6:30 pm||Sabrina Carpenter|
|Sunday 7th May 2017 8:00 pm||Micky Flanagan|
|Monday 8th May 2017 7:00 pm||Iron Maiden|
|Tuesday 16th May 2017 6:30 pm||Harry Potter Concert Series|
|Thursday 18th May 2017 6:00 pm||Take That, All Saints|
|Friday 19th May 2017 6:00 pm||Take That, All Saints|
|Saturday 20th May 2017 6:00 pm||Take That, All Saints|
|Sunday 21st May 2017 8:00 pm||Professor Brian Cox|
|Monday 22nd May 2017 6:00 pm||Ariana Grande|
|Monday 22nd May 2017 7:00 pm||Ariana Grande|
|Thursday 25th May 2017 6:00 pm||Take That, All Saints|
|Friday 26th May 2017 6:00 pm||Take That, All Saints|
|Saturday 27th May 2017 6:00 pm||Take That, All Saints|
|Tuesday 30th May 2017 6:00 pm||KISS, The Dives|
|Tuesday 30th May 2017 7:00 pm||KISS|
|Tuesday 6th June 2017 6:30 pm||WWE presents NXT Live!|
|Friday 9th June 2017 7:00 pm||Kings of Leon|
|Saturday 17th June 2017 6:00 pm||Nashville In Concert|
|Thursday 22nd June 2017 6:00 pm||Ritchie Blackmore|
|Sunday 25th June 2017 6:30 pm||Celine Dion|
|Friday 14th July 2017 6:00 pm||Blink-182, Frank Turner|
|Saturday 15th July 2017 7:30 pm||Key 103 Live|
|Tuesday 1st August 2017 6:30 pm||Celine Dion|
|Tuesday 22nd August 2017 6:00 pm||BROS|
|Tuesday 22nd August 2017 7:30 pm||BROS|
|Monday 25th September 2017 6:30 pm||Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds|
|Saturday 30th September 2017 5:00 pm||World's Strongest Man|
|Sunday 1st October 2017 6:30 pm||Neil Diamond|
|Sunday 1st October 2017 7:00 pm||Neil Diamond|
|Sunday 1st October 2017 8:00 pm||Neil Diamond|
|Wednesday 4th October 2017 6:00 pm||Lady Antebellum|
|Tuesday 17th October 2017 7:30 pm||Lady Gaga|
More events may be listed on the official Manchester Arena website (see the information section at the end of this page).
Box Office & Tickets
The box office is open from Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. On show nights opening times are extended until just before the main act goes on stage. It also opens on Sundays at 2 pm if there is an event taking place.
Tickets can be purchased online from Ticketmaster or 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, right 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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