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.
|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|
|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, The Lightning Seeds|
|Monday 19th December 2016 6:00 pm||Status Quo|
|Saturday 7th January 2017 7:30 pm||Arenacross|
|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|
|Saturday 11th February 2017 6:00 pm||Drake|
|Sunday 12th February 2017 6:00 pm||Drake|
|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|
|Saturday 4th March 2017 1:00 pm||X Factor Live|
|Saturday 4th March 2017 6:00 pm||X Factor Live|
|Sunday 5th March 2017 7:00 pm||The Weeknd|
|Friday 17th March 2017 6:00 pm||Olly Murs|
|Saturday 18th March 2017 6:00 pm||Olly Murs|
|Sunday 26th March 2017 7:00 pm||A R Rahman|
|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|
|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 6:30 pm||The Vamps|
|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|
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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