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.
|Saturday 9th June 2018 7:00 pm||Tyson Fury|
|Tuesday 12th June 2018 7:00 pm||Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience|
|Saturday 16th June 2018 6:30 pm||Jax Jones|
|Sunday 17th June 2018 5:30 pm||The Darkness|
|Friday 22nd June 2018 6:00 pm||Katy Perry|
|Thursday 28th June 2018 6:00 pm||Eugene Mirman|
|Tuesday 3rd July 2018 7:00 pm||Roger Waters|
|Monday 9th July 2018 7:30 pm||Bonnie Raitt|
|Tuesday 10th July 2018 6:00 pm||Paul Simon|
|Saturday 14th July 2018 7:30 pm||Key 103 Live|
|Friday 3rd August 2018 7:00 pm||Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular|
|Saturday 4th August 2018 11:00 am||Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular|
|Saturday 4th August 2018 3:00 pm||Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular|
|Saturday 4th August 2018 7:00 pm||Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular|
|Monday 6th August 2018 6:00 pm||Iron Maiden|
|Saturday 11th August 2018 10:00 am||PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure|
|Saturday 11th August 2018 1:30 pm||PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure|
|Saturday 11th August 2018 4:30 pm||PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure|
|Sunday 12th August 2018 10:00 am||PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure|
|Sunday 12th August 2018 1:30 pm||PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure|
|Sunday 12th August 2018 4:30 pm||PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure|
|Saturday 18th August 2018 6:00 pm||Britney Spears|
|Wednesday 29th August 2018 7:30 pm||Justin Timberlake|
|Friday 31st August 2018 7:00 pm||Kevin Hart|
|Saturday 1st September 2018 7:30 pm||The League of Gentlemen|
|Sunday 2nd September 2018 7:30 pm||Barry Manilow|
|Thursday 6th September 2018 6:00 pm||Arctic Monkeys|
|Friday 7th September 2018 6:00 pm||Arctic Monkeys|
|Saturday 15th September 2018 5:00 pm||Giants Live|
|Friday 21st September 2018 6:30 pm||50 Cent|
|Saturday 22nd September 2018 6:00 pm||The Shires|
|Saturday 22nd September 2018 7:00 pm||Shania Twain|
|Sunday 23rd September 2018 6:00 pm||Jason Derulo|
|Wednesday 26th September 2018 8:00 pm||Cirque du Soleil: OVO|
|Thursday 27th September 2018 8:00 pm||Cirque du Soleil: OVO|
|Friday 28th September 2018 8:00 pm||Cirque du Soleil: OVO|
|Saturday 29th September 2018 4:00 pm||Cirque du Soleil: OVO|
|Saturday 29th September 2018 8:00 pm||Cirque du Soleil: OVO|
|Sunday 30th September 2018 1:00 pm||Cirque du Soleil: OVO|
|Sunday 30th September 2018 5:00 pm||Cirque du Soleil: OVO|
|Monday 1st October 2018 6:00 pm||Kylie|
|Monday 1st October 2018 7:00 pm||Kylie|
|Thursday 4th October 2018 7:30 pm||Early Doors|
|Friday 5th October 2018 6:00 pm||Jeff Lynne's ELO|
|Saturday 6th October 2018 6:00 pm||Jeff Lynne's ELO|
|Friday 19th October 2018 6:30 pm||U2|
|Saturday 20th October 2018 6:30 pm||U2|
|Sunday 21st October 2018 7:30 pm||Noel Fitzpatrick Supervet|
|Friday 26th October 2018 6:00 pm||Enrique Iglesias|
|Friday 9th November 2018 6:00 pm||Lamb of God|
|Sunday 18th November 2018 6:00 pm||Culture Club|
|Tuesday 20th November 2018 7:30 pm||The Four Tops and Temptations|
|Thursday 22nd November 2018 6:30 pm||Nitro Circus Live|
|Saturday 24th November 2018 6:30 pm||Midge Ures Band Electronica|
|Monday 26th November 2018 7:00 pm||Ms. Lauryn Hill|
|Thursday 29th November 2018 6:00 pm||Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics|
|Friday 30th November 2018 7:30 pm||Jason Manford|
|Saturday 1st December 2018 6:30 pm||Star Wars Live Orchestra Tour|
|Saturday 1st December 2018 7:30 pm||Star Wars Live Orchestra Tour|
|Sunday 2nd December 2018 6:00 pm||Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds|
|Sunday 2nd December 2018 7:00 pm||Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds|
|Thursday 6th December 2018 7:30 pm||Frankie Valli|
|Friday 7th December 2018 6:00 pm||Madness|
|Tuesday 11th December 2018 7:30 pm||Nightwish|
|Wednesday 12th December 2018 6:00 pm||Def Leppard|
|Friday 28th December 2018 3:00 pm||Peter Pan An Arena Adventure|
|Friday 28th December 2018 7:00 pm||Peter Pan An Arena Adventure|
|Saturday 29th December 2018 11:00 am||Peter Pan An Arena Adventure|
|Saturday 29th December 2018 3:00 pm||Peter Pan An Arena Adventure|
|Monday 31st December 2018 11:59 pm||Test Event- Please Do Not Purchase|
|Saturday 9th February 2019 8:00 pm||Professor Brian Cox|
|Sunday 7th April 2019 6:00 pm||Shawn Mendes|
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.
Map showing location of Manchester Arena.
Address and postcode