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.
|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 6:00 pm||Lethal Bizzle|
|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|
|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|
|Wednesday 10th October 2018 6:30 pm||Disney On Ice presents Dream Big|
|Thursday 11th October 2018 6:30 pm||Disney On Ice presents Dream Big|
|Friday 12th October 2018 6:30 pm||Disney On Ice presents Dream Big|
|Saturday 13th October 2018 10:30 am||Disney On Ice presents Dream Big|
|Saturday 13th October 2018 2:30 pm||Disney On Ice presents Dream Big|
|Saturday 13th October 2018 6:30 pm||Disney On Ice presents Dream Big|
|Sunday 14th October 2018 10:30 am||Disney On Ice presents Dream Big|
|Sunday 14th October 2018 2:30 pm||Disney On Ice presents Dream Big|
|Sunday 14th October 2018 6:30 pm||Disney On Ice presents Dream Big|
|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|
|Saturday 27th October 2018 6:00 pm||Gabrielle|
|Friday 2nd November 2018 6:00 pm||Benjamin Clementine|
|Monday 5th November 2018 7:30 pm||WWE Live|
|Tuesday 6th November 2018 7:30 pm||WWE Smackdown Live|
|Friday 9th November 2018 6:00 pm||Lamb of God|
|Saturday 17th November 2018 6:00 pm||Jess Glynne|
|Saturday 17th November 2018 7:00 pm||Jess Glynne|
|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|
|Friday 23rd November 2018 6:00 pm||Florence + The Machine|
|Saturday 24th November 2018 6:30 pm||Midge Ures Band Electronica|
|Sunday 25th November 2018 7:00 pm||Hits Radio Live|
|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|
|Saturday 8th December 2018 6:00 pm||The Charlatans|
|Monday 10th December 2018 5:45 pm||The Cadillac Three|
|Tuesday 11th December 2018 7:30 pm||Nightwish|
|Wednesday 12th December 2018 6:00 pm||Def Leppard|
|Friday 14th December 2018 8:00 pm||Josh Groban|
|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|
|Wednesday 30th January 2019 6:00 pm||Snow Patrol|
|Saturday 2nd February 2019 6:30 pm||Boyzone|
|Saturday 2nd February 2019 7:00 pm||Boyzone|
|Saturday 9th February 2019 8:00 pm||Professor Brian Cox|
|Tuesday 5th March 2019 7:00 pm||twenty ne pilts|
|Monday 18th March 2019 6:30 pm||Future|
|Sunday 7th April 2019 6:00 pm||Shawn Mendes|
|Friday 10th May 2019 8:00 pm||Bill Bailey|
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:
- Umexushi (0.1 miles)
- 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)
- Wahaca (0.2 miles)
- Hard Rock Cafe (0.2 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.
- Federal (0.4 miles) - Independent cafe offering an all-day brunch, sandwiches, and bagels. Located in the Northern Quarter, close to the Manchester Arndale and Printworks.
- Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn (0.4 miles)
- The Botanist (0.4 miles)
Hotels near Manchester Arena include:
- Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre (0.3 miles)
- The Works Aparthotel (0.3 miles)
- Travelodge Manchester Central (0.3 miles)
- Premier Apartments Manchester (0.3 miles)
- Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel (0.4 miles)
- Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre (0.4 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 Station (0.1 miles) - Metrolink station at Manchester Victoria Train Station.
- Exchange Square Metrolink Station (0.2 miles) - Metrolink station in Manchester city centre.
- Shudehill Metrolink Station – Shudehill Interchange (0.3 miles) - Metrolink station in Manchester city centre.
Map showing location of Manchester Arena.
Address and postcode