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.
|Tuesday 20th February 2018 6:00 pm||X Factor Live|
|Tuesday 20th February 2018 7:00 pm||X Factor Live|
|Saturday 3rd March 2018 6:00 pm||Imagine Dragons, K Flay|
|Sunday 4th March 2018 6:00 pm||Elbow, John Grant|
|Thursday 8th March 2018 6:00 pm||Paloma Faith|
|Friday 9th March 2018 6:00 pm||Stereophonics|
|Saturday 10th March 2018 6:30 pm||Joe Bonamassa|
|Friday 16th March 2018 6:00 pm||All Time Low, Creeper|
|Friday 23rd March 2018 6:00 pm||Flight of the Conchords|
|Saturday 24th March 2018 6:00 pm||Thirty Seconds To Mars|
|Tuesday 27th March 2018 6:00 pm||Sam Smith|
|Wednesday 28th March 2018 6:00 pm||Sam Smith|
|Thursday 29th March 2018 6:00 pm||Fall Out Boy|
|Tuesday 3rd April 2018 7:30 pm||Dancing on Ice|
|Wednesday 4th April 2018 2:30 pm||Dancing on Ice|
|Wednesday 4th April 2018 7:30 pm||Dancing on Ice|
|Saturday 7th April 2018 6:00 pm||Courteeners|
|Sunday 8th April 2018 6:00 pm||Arcade Fire|
|Monday 9th April 2018 6:00 pm||Harry Styles|
|Monday 9th April 2018 6:30 pm||Harry Styles|
|Friday 13th April 2018 8:00 pm||Fast & Furious Live|
|Saturday 14th April 2018 3:00 pm||Fast & Furious Live|
|Saturday 14th April 2018 8:00 pm||Fast & Furious Live|
|Sunday 15th April 2018 2:00 pm||Fast & Furious Live|
|Wednesday 18th April 2018 6:00 pm||Nashville|
|Thursday 19th April 2018 8:00 pm||Michael McIntyre|
|Friday 20th April 2018 8:00 pm||Michael McIntyre|
|Saturday 21st April 2018 8:00 pm||Michael McIntyre|
|Saturday 28th April 2018 6:00 pm||Manic Street Preachers|
|Friday 4th May 2018 6:00 pm||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds|
|Saturday 5th May 2018 6:00 pm||The Vamps, Jacob Sartorius|
|Tuesday 8th May 2018 6:00 pm||Nickelback|
|Thursday 24th May 2018 6:00 pm||Bryan Adams|
|Saturday 26th May 2018 7:30 pm||The Harlem Globetrotters|
|Tuesday 12th June 2018 7:00 pm||Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience|
|Saturday 16th June 2018 6:30 pm||Demi Lovato|
|Sunday 17th June 2018 5:30 pm||Hollywood Vampires, The Darkness|
|Friday 22nd June 2018 6:00 pm||Katy Perry|
|Sunday 1st July 2018 7:30 pm||Justin Timberlake|
|Tuesday 3rd July 2018 7:00 pm||Roger Waters|
|Monday 9th July 2018 7:30 pm||James Taylor, 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, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular|
|Saturday 4th August 2018 11:00 am||Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular|
|Saturday 4th August 2018 3:00 pm||Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular|
|Saturday 4th August 2018 7:00 pm||Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular|
|Monday 6th August 2018 7:30 pm||Iron Maiden|
|Saturday 18th August 2018 6:00 pm||Britney Spears|
|Friday 31st August 2018 7:00 pm||Kevin Hart|
|Saturday 1st September 2018 7:30 pm||The League of Gentlemen|
|Saturday 15th September 2018 5:00 pm||World's Strongest Man, Giants Live|
|Saturday 22nd September 2018 7:00 pm||Shania Twain|
|Sunday 23rd September 2018 6:00 pm||Jason Derulo|
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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