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.
|Friday 19th October 2018 6:30 pm||U2: EXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE TOUR|
|Saturday 20th October 2018 6:30 pm||U2: EXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE TOUR|
|Sunday 21st October 2018 7:30 pm||Noel Fitzpatrick Is the Supervet - Welcome To My World|
|Friday 26th October 2018 6:00 pm||Enrique Iglesias|
|Saturday 27th October 2018 6:00 pm||Rick Astley|
|Monday 5th November 2018 7:30 pm||Wwe Raw|
|Tuesday 6th November 2018 7:30 pm||Wwe Smackdown|
|Saturday 17th November 2018 6:00 pm||Jess Glynne|
|Sunday 18th November 2018 6:00 pm||Culture Club|
|Tuesday 20th November 2018 7:30 pm||The Four Tops & the Temptations|
|Wednesday 21st November 2018 6:00 pm||Mumford & Sons|
|Thursday 22nd November 2018 6:30 pm||Nitro Circus 'you Got This' Tour|
|Friday 23rd November 2018 6:00 pm||Florence + The Machine|
|Saturday 24th November 2018 6:30 pm||The Human League - Red Live 2018|
|Thursday 29th November 2018 6:00 pm||Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics|
|Friday 30th November 2018 7:30 pm||Jason Manford - Muddle Class|
|Thursday 6th December 2018 7:30 pm||Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - The Farewell Tour|
|Friday 7th December 2018 6:00 pm||Madness 'the Sound of Madness'|
|Saturday 8th December 2018 6:00 pm||James & the Charlatans|
|Saturday 22nd December 2018 12:00 am||WARRINGTON v FRAMPTON|
|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|
|Thursday 24th January 2019 6:00 pm||The 1975|
|Saturday 26th January 2019 2:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing - the Live Tour|
|Saturday 26th January 2019 7:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing - the Live Tour|
|Sunday 27th January 2019 1:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing - the Live Tour|
|Sunday 27th January 2019 6:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing - the Live Tour|
|Wednesday 30th January 2019 6:00 pm||Snow Patrol|
|Saturday 2nd February 2019 6:30 pm||Boyzone - Thank You & Goodnight - the Farewell Tour|
|Saturday 9th February 2019 8:00 pm||Professor Brian Cox Live|
|Tuesday 19th February 2019 6:00 pm||Post Malone|
|Thursday 28th February 2019 6:00 pm||Fatboy Slim|
|Sunday 3rd March 2019 3:00 pm||The X Factor Live Tour 2019|
|Saturday 16th March 2019 6:00 pm||George Ezra|
|Wednesday 20th March 2019 6:30 pm||The World Of Hans Zimmer|
|Wednesday 20th March 2019 7:00 pm||The World Of Hans Zimmer|
|Saturday 23rd March 2019 6:00 pm||George Ezra|
|Saturday 30th March 2019 6:00 pm||Panic! At The Disco|
|Monday 22nd April 2019 6:00 pm||Take That|
|Tuesday 23rd April 2019 6:00 pm||Take That|
|Thursday 25th April 2019 6:00 pm||Take That|
|Friday 26th April 2019 6:00 pm||Take That|
|Saturday 27th April 2019 6:00 pm||Take That|
|Saturday 4th May 2019 6:00 pm||Peter Kay|
|Sunday 5th May 2019 6:00 pm||Peter Kay|
|Monday 6th May 2019 6:00 pm||Peter Kay|
|Thursday 9th May 2019 6:00 pm||Peter Kay|
|Friday 10th May 2019 6:00 pm||Peter Kay|
|Friday 10th May 2019 8:00 pm||Bill Bailey - Larks In Transit|
|Saturday 11th May 2019 6:00 pm||Peter Kay|
|Wednesday 15th May 2019 9:00 am||Taekwondo World Championships|
|Wednesday 15th May 2019 5:00 pm||Taekwondo World Championships|
|Thursday 16th May 2019 9:00 am||Taekwondo World Championships|
|Thursday 16th May 2019 5:00 pm||Taekwondo World Championships|
|Friday 17th May 2019 9:00 am||Taekwondo World Championships|
|Friday 17th May 2019 5:00 pm||Taekwondo World Championships|
|Saturday 18th May 2019 9:00 am||Taekwondo World Championships|
|Saturday 18th May 2019 5:00 pm||Taekwondo World Championships|
|Sunday 19th May 2019 9:00 am||Taekwondo World Championships|
|Sunday 19th May 2019 5:00 pm||Taekwondo World Championships|
|Thursday 30th May 2019 6:00 pm||Westlife|
|Friday 31st May 2019 6:00 pm||Olly Murs|
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