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 7th October 2016 7:30 pm||Fifth Harmony|
|Saturday 8th October 2016 11:00 pm||UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Thursday 13th October 2016 6:30 pm||Disney On Ice Presents Frozen|
|Friday 14th October 2016 2:30 pm||Disney On Ice Presents Frozen|
|Friday 14th October 2016 6:30 pm||Disney On Ice Presents Frozen|
|Saturday 15th October 2016 10:30 am||Disney On Ice Presents Frozen|
|Saturday 15th October 2016 2:30 pm||Disney On Ice Presents Frozen|
|Saturday 15th October 2016 6:30 pm||Disney On Ice Presents Frozen|
|Sunday 16th October 2016 10:30 am||Disney On Ice Presents Frozen|
|Sunday 16th October 2016 2:30 pm||Disney On Ice Presents Frozen|
|Sunday 16th October 2016 6:30 pm||Disney On Ice Presents Frozen|
|Tuesday 18th October 2016 7:00 pm||Steel Panther|
|Wednesday 19th October 2016 7:30 pm||Nickelback|
|Thursday 20th October 2016 6:30 pm||Justin Bieber, Mic Lowry|
|Friday 21st October 2016 6:30 pm||Justin Bieber, Mic Lowry|
|Saturday 22nd October 2016 7:30 pm||The Four Tops and Temptations|
|Sunday 23rd October 2016 6:30 pm||Justin Bieber, Mic Lowry|
|Monday 24th October 2016 5:30 pm||Bad Company, Richie Sambora|
|Monday 24th October 2016 7:00 pm||Bad Company|
|Friday 28th October 2016 6:00 pm||Bear Grylls|
|Sunday 30th October 2016 7:00 pm||Maxwell, Mary J. Blige|
|Saturday 5th November 2016 7:30 pm||WWE Live|
|Sunday 6th November 2016 6:00 pm||Bastille|
|Tuesday 8th November 2016 5:30 pm||Bring Me the Horizon, Don Broco|
|Thursday 10th November 2016 7:30 pm||Billy Connolly|
|Friday 11th November 2016 7:30 pm||Billy Connolly|
|Friday 18th November 2016 6:00 pm||Simply Red|
|Wednesday 23rd November 2016 6:00 pm||Alter Bridge|
|Thursday 24th November 2016 7:30 pm||Elvis In Concert|
|Friday 2nd December 2016 6:00 pm||Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics|
|Saturday 3rd December 2016 6:00 pm||Biffy Clyro, Brand New|
|Monday 5th December 2016 6:00 pm||Placebo|
|Thursday 8th December 2016 6:00 pm||Rod Stewart|
|Friday 9th December 2016 7:30 pm||Key 103 Christmas Live, Key 103 Live|
|Monday 12th December 2016 6:00 pm||Korn, Limp Bizkit|
|Monday 12th December 2016 7:00 pm||Korn, Limp Bizkit|
|Tuesday 13th December 2016 6:00 pm||The 1975|
|Wednesday 14th December 2016 6:00 pm||Red Hot Chili Peppers, BABYMETAL|
|Thursday 15th December 2016 6:00 pm||Red Hot Chili Peppers, BABYMETAL|
|Friday 16th December 2016 6:00 pm||Madness|
|Saturday 17th December 2016 1:30 pm||Best Ever Christmas Show and the Story of Jack Frost|
|Saturday 17th December 2016 4:30 pm||Best Ever Christmas Show and the Story of Jack Frost|
|Sunday 18th December 2016 11:00 am||Best Ever Christmas Show and the Story of Jack Frost|
|Sunday 18th December 2016 2:30 pm||Best Ever Christmas Show and the Story of Jack Frost|
|Monday 19th December 2016 6:30 pm||Status Quo|
|Thursday 12th January 2017 8:00 pm||Impractical Jokers, The Tenderloins|
|Monday 16th January 2017 5:30 pm||Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed|
|Saturday 21st January 2017 6:30 pm||Donny Osmond|
|Sunday 22nd January 2017 6:00 pm||Black Sabbath|
|Thursday 26th January 2017 7:00 pm||Marvel Universe LIVE!|
|Friday 27th January 2017 7:00 pm||Marvel Universe LIVE!|
|Saturday 28th January 2017 11:00 am||Marvel Universe LIVE!|
|Saturday 28th January 2017 3:00 pm||Marvel Universe LIVE!|
|Saturday 28th January 2017 7:00 pm||Marvel Universe LIVE!|
|Sunday 29th January 2017 12:00 pm||Marvel Universe LIVE!|
|Sunday 29th January 2017 4:00 pm||Marvel Universe LIVE!|
|Sunday 29th January 2017 8:00 pm||Marvel Universe LIVE!|
|Saturday 4th February 2017 2:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing|
|Saturday 4th February 2017 7:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing|
|Sunday 5th February 2017 1:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing|
|Monday 6th February 2017 7:00 pm||Green Day|
|Friday 17th February 2017 8:00 pm||Jack Whitehall|
|Saturday 18th February 2017 8:00 pm||Jack Whitehall|
|Sunday 19th February 2017 6:30 pm||Pet Shop Boys|
|Friday 3rd March 2017 6:00 pm||Kaiser Chiefs|
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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