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
Upcoming shows and events at the Manchester Arena are listed below.
|Saturday 13 August||Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan|
|Saturday 20 August||Morrissey|
|Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 September||Benny Hinn - Miracle & Impartation Meetings|
|Saturday 24 September||World Championship Boxing: Crolla vs Linares|
|Friday 30 September||A.R Rahman|
|Friday 7 October||Fifth Harmony|
|Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 October||Disney On Ice Presents Frozen|
|Tuesday 18 October||Steel Panther|
|Wednesday 19 October||Nickelback|
|Saturday 22 October||Four Tops & The Temptations|
|Thursday 20, Friday 21 & Sunday 23 October||Justin Bieber|
|Monday 24 October||Bad Company|
|Friday 28 October||Bear Grylls Presents Endeavour: Your Adventure Awaits|
|Sunday 30 October||Maxwell & Mary J. Blige|
|Thursday 3 November||Selena Gomez|
|Saturday 5 November||WWE Live 2016|
|Sunday 6 November||Bastille|
|Tuesday 8 November||Bring Me The Horizon|
|Thursday day 10 & Friday 11 November||Billy Connolly|
|Friday 18 November||Simply Red|
|Weds 23 November||Alter Bridge|
|Thursday 24 November||Elvis with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra|
|Tuesday 29 November||The Cure|
|Friday 2 December||Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics|
|Monday 5 December||Placebo|
|Thursday 8 December||Rod Stewart|
|Friday 9 December||Key 103 Christmas Live 2016|
|Tuesday 13 December||The 1975|
|Friday 16 December||Madness|
|Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 Dec||Best Ever Christmas Show and the Story Of Jack Frost|
|Monday 19 December||Status Quo|
|Thursday 22 December||Andre Rieu|
|Saturday 7 January||The Monster Energy Arenacross Tour 2017|
|Thursday 12 January||Impractical Jokers|
|Monday 16 January||Avenged Sevenfold|
|Saturday 21 January||Donny Osmond|
|Sunday 22 January||Black Sabbath|
|Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 January||Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble|
|Friday 17 & Saturday 18 February||Jack Whitehall|
|Sunday 19 February||Pet Shop Boys|
|Friday 31 March||Russell Howard|
|Wednesday 5 April||The Who|
|Sunday 16 April||Diversity: Genesis|
|Sunday 21 May||Professor Brian Cox Live|
The list was last updated on Thursday 28th of July 2016.
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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