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. Former names include 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.
|Saturday 12th September 2020 5:00 pm||Giants Live: World Open|
|Thursday 24th September 2020 7:00 pm||2020 Unibet Premier League Darts|
|Friday 16th October 2020 8:00 pm||Jeff Lynne's ELO|
|Friday 16th October 2020 8:00 pm||Jeff Lynne's ELO - VIP|
|Sunday 25th October 2020 7:30 pm||Niall Horan|
|Monday 2nd November 2020 7:30 pm||Ozzy Osbourne|
|Monday 2nd November 2020 7:30 pm||Ozzy Osbourne - Vip Packages|
|Saturday 7th November 2020 7:30 pm||80's Classical|
|Sunday 22nd November 2020 7:00 pm||Hits Radio Live|
|Sunday 10th January 2021 7:30 pm||Bon Iver|
|Thursday 21st January 2021 7:30 pm||Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia Tour|
|Thursday 21st January 2021 7:30 pm||Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia Tour - VIP Packages|
|Thursday 11th February 2021 6:30 pm||Snoop Dogg|
|Tuesday 2nd March 2021 7:30 pm||Gregory Porter|
|Sunday 7th March 2021 7:30 pm||Hans Zimmer Live 2021|
|Saturday 13th March 2021 7:30 pm||Harry Styles - Love On Tour|
|Saturday 13th March 2021 7:30 pm||Harry Styles - Prime View|
|Saturday 27th March 2021 7:30 pm||Planet Earth II|
|Monday 29th March 2021 7:30 pm||The Who|
|Saturday 3rd April 2021 7:30 pm||Blossoms|
|Friday 9th April 2021 8:00 pm||Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds|
|Friday 9th April 2021 8:00 pm||Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds - VIP Packages|
|Saturday 10th April 2021 7:30 pm||Craig David|
|Monday 12th April 2021 7:30 pm||Genesis - Official Premium Ticket and Hotel Packages|
|Monday 12th April 2021 7:30 pm||GENESIS - The Last Domino?|
|Tuesday 13th April 2021 7:30 pm||Genesis - Official Premium Ticket and Hotel Packages|
|Tuesday 13th April 2021 7:30 pm||GENESIS - The Last Domino?|
|Thursday 15th April 2021 12:00 am||Celine Dion|
|Friday 16th April 2021 12:00 am||Celine Dion|
|Sunday 18th April 2021 7:30 pm||Stormzy|
|Wednesday 21st April 2021 7:30 pm||Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds|
|Monday 3rd May 2021 7:30 pm||RICK ASTLEY - A FREE CONCERT FOR THE NHS & FRONTLINE STAFF|
|Friday 14th May 2021 8:00 pm||Rupaul's Drag Race: Werq the World Tour 2020|
|Sunday 16th May 2021 7:30 pm||McFly|
|Sunday 23rd May 2021 7:30 pm||Pet Shop Boys|
|Sunday 23rd May 2021 7:30 pm||Pet Shop Boys - Vip Experiences|
|Wednesday 26th May 2021 7:00 pm||Pussycat Dolls - VIP|
|Wednesday 26th May 2021 7:30 pm||Pussycat Dolls|
|Friday 4th June 2021 7:30 pm||Barry Manilow|
|Saturday 5th June 2021 7:30 pm||Gerry Cinnamon|
|Sunday 6th June 2021 7:00 pm||Alicia Keys - Prime View|
|Sunday 6th June 2021 7:30 pm||Alicia Keys: ALICIA The World Tour|
|Sunday 6th June 2021 7:30 pm||Alicia Keys: ALICIA The World Tour - VIP Packages|
|Thursday 10th June 2021 8:00 pm||Queen + Adam Lambert - the Rhapsody Tour 2020|
|Thursday 10th June 2021 8:00 pm||Queen + Adam Lambert - the Rhapsody Tour 2020 - Vip Packages|
|Friday 11th June 2021 8:00 pm||Queen + Adam Lambert - the Rhapsody Tour 2020|
|Friday 11th June 2021 8:00 pm||Queen + Adam Lambert - the Rhapsody Tour 2020 - Vip Packages|
|Friday 18th June 2021 6:30 pm||Diana Ross - Official Vip Ticket Experiences|
|Friday 18th June 2021 7:30 pm||Diana Ross|
|Tuesday 29th June 2021 7:30 pm||Aerosmith: European Tour 2021|
|Thursday 1st July 2021 7:30 pm||JLS|
|Thursday 8th July 2021 7:30 pm||JLS|
|Wednesday 14th July 2021 7:30 pm||Diana Ross|
|Saturday 2nd October 2021 7:30 pm||Deep Purple|
|Tuesday 5th October 2021 7:30 pm||Four Tops and Temptations|
|Saturday 16th October 2021 7:00 pm||Simply Red - Official Premium Ticket and Hotel Experiences|
|Saturday 16th October 2021 7:30 pm||Simply Red|
|Friday 22nd October 2021 8:00 pm||Alanis Morissette|
|Saturday 23rd October 2021 7:30 pm||Jason Manford|
|Sunday 24th October 2021 7:00 pm||The Weeknd - VIP Packages|
|Sunday 24th October 2021 7:30 pm||The Weeknd: The After Hours Tour|
|Saturday 30th October 2021 7:00 pm||Elton John|
|Friday 19th November 2021 7:00 pm||Elton John|
|Saturday 27th November 2021 7:30 pm||Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics|
|Wednesday 1st December 2021 7:00 pm||Elton John|
|Friday 10th December 2021 7:30 pm||The Human League - Dare 40|
More events may be listed on the official Manchester Arena website (see the information section at the end of this page).
Box Office & Tickets
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. At a music concert no seats are offered behind the stage.
Other major indoor arenas in the UK 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.
To get to the Manchester Arena by car leave the M60 motorway at Junction 17. Then 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 nearby include Manchester Printworks and the Manchester Arndale.
For details of charges visit the NCP website and search for parking spaces. Use 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. Large bags and backpacks are strictly forbidden. Patrons are not permitted to bring food, drink, golf umbrellas and banners into the venue.
Tourist attractions and things to do near Manchester Arena include:
- The Printworks (0.2 miles) - State-of-the-art entertainment complex. Cinema, bars, restaurants and more.
- Royal Exchange Theatre (0.4 miles) - Home of Manchester’s leading theatre company.
Cinemas near Manchester Arena include:
- Vue Manchester Printworks (0.2 miles) - 23-screen cinema at the Printworks. View movie listings and times.
Places to shop near Manchester Arena include:
- Corn Exchange (0.2 miles) - Dining destination in Manchester city centre.
- Manchester Arndale (0.4 miles) - Large shopping centre in Manchester city centre.
Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Manchester Arena include:
- Alston Bar and Beef (0.2 miles) - Steakhouse and gin bar at the Corn Exchange, Manchester. Close to Manchester Cathedral, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, the Printworks, and the National Football Museum.
- Mowgli Street Food (0.2 miles)
- Chiquito (0.2 miles)
- Pho (0.2 miles)
- Gino D'Acampo (0.2 miles)
- Wahaca (0.2 miles)
- The Old Wellington (0.2 miles)
- Hard Rock Cafe (0.2 miles)
- The Pasta Factory (0.3 miles)
- EastZEast (0.3 miles)
- This and That (0.3 miles) - Unpretentious Indian cafe in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Offers a simple menu that changes daily. Specialises in rice and three curry dishes. Located close to the Printworks and Manchester Arndale.
- Dough Pizza Kitchen (0.4 miles)
- TGI Fridays (0.4 miles)
- Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn (0.4 miles)
- Lunya (0.4 miles)
- TNQ Restaurant and Bar (0.4 miles)
- 63 Degrees (0.4 miles)
- The Botanist (0.4 miles)
Hotels near Manchester Arena include:
- Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre (0.2 miles)
- Hotel Indigo Manchester - Victoria Station (0.2 miles)
- The Mitre Hotel (0.2 miles)
- Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel (0.3 miles)
- Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre - Arena (0.4 miles)
Nearby Transport Links
Transport links near Manchester Arena include:
- Shudehill Bus Station – Shudehill Interchange (0.3 miles) - Bus and coach station in Manchester city centre.
Nearby Train Stations
Train stations near Manchester Arena include:
- Manchester Victoria Train Station (0.1 miles) - The second largest train station in Manchester.
Nearby Metrolink Stations
Metrolink stations near Manchester Arena include:
- Victoria Metrolink Tram Stop (0.1 miles) - Metrolink stop at Manchester Victoria Train Station.
- Exchange Square Metrolink Tram Stop (0.2 miles) - Metrolink stop in Manchester city centre.
- Shudehill Metrolink Tram Stop – Shudehill Interchange (0.3 miles) - Metrolink stop in Manchester city centre.
Map showing location of Manchester Arena.
Address and postcode