The Manchester Arena (formerly the MEN 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.
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. Personal callers do not pay a booking fee if paying by cash.
Tickets can be purchased online from Ticketmaster, the Manchester Arena’s official booking agent, or See. Booking fees apply.
The maximum capacity of the Manchester Arena is 21,000, making it the biggest indoor arena in the UK and Western Europe.
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 LG Arena/NEC in Birmingham (15,700).
Concerts and shows scheduled for 2012 include Snow Patrol, Olly Murs, X Factor Live 2012, Jason Derulo, Harlem Globetrotters, Cirque du Soleil Alegria, Diversity, Steps, Example, Jerry Seinfeld, Barry Manilow, Westlife, Pearl Jam, John Bishop, and Michael McIntyre.
A full events listing, together with ticket prices and seating plans, is available on the official Manchester Arena website.
Location, Directions & Parking
The Manchester Arena is situated at the northern end of Manchester city centre, next to Victoria train station.
Train & Metrolink
There’s a direct link to the Manchester Arena from Victoria train and Metrolink station. Visitors arriving at Piccadilly train station can walk or catch the Metrolink tram to Victoria station.
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 Trinity Way (surface, 94 spaces), Park Street (surface, 87 spaces), the Manchester Transport Interchange – Shudehill (multi-storey, 777 spaces) and the High Street – 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.
4 star hotels near the Manchester Arena include the Park Inn by Radisson Manchester Victoria, Renaissance, and Crowne Plaza. Cheap 3 star options include Britannia Sachas and the Stay Inn. Visitors seeing luxury accommodation can stay at the 5 star Lowry.
Pubs, Bars & Restaurants
Pubs and bars nearby include the Old Wellington Inn and Sinclair’s Oyster Bar on Shambles Square, The Moon Under Water and The Slug and Lettuce on Deansgate, plus the bars and pubs in the Printworks.