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Address: Victoria Station, Manchester M3 1AR, England
Phone Number: +44 161 950 5000
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Description: Manchester Arena, managed and operated by SMG Europe, is one of the...
Manchester Arena, managed and operated by SMG Europe, is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe. Since opening in 1995, the Arena has hosted the biggest names in live entertainment including U2, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Pavarotti and the record-breaking 2010/2011 residency by local comedian Peter Kay. In addition to live music, we've also staged some of the biggest events in the UK sporting calendar including several 2002 Commonwealth Games' events, the 2012 Olympic basketball warm-up match between team USA and GB, the 2008 FINA World Swimming Championships and international boxing bouts by Mike Tyson, David Haye, Joe Calzaghe and local champions Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan. We've also played a key part in Manchester's rich musical heritage with historic shows by local bands Take That, Oasis, Elbow, New Order, James, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, M People, Doves, The Inspiral Carpets, The Verve, Simply Red and The Courteeners. Attracting over one million visitors each year, the 21,000 capacity Arena is a former winner of the industry's prestigious International Venue of the Year award.
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Went here to watch a band with my couple, very big, very busy but that is what you expect. Would return but think i would prefer a smaller arena.

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A really good venue for live music and comedy shows . Bars a little pricey but arnt they always . Good wheelchair access.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Seen so many acts, bands, solo artists and shows here. Amazing place, love it here. Keep an eye out for the shows and performances, theyre amazing. The food is very expensive and you aren't able to take food and drink it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went here to watch a band with my couple, very big, very busy but that is what you expect. Would return but think i would prefer a smaller arena.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I have been to this Arena many times. If you are attending a gig and standing you will notice how horrible the sound is. When I went to see Florence and the Machine here, I could hear and feel the bass on the standing area and her voice was very hard to make out. It felt more like a drum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I have only been once but it was really good, although it is a bit scary being sat really high up, drinks prices weren't too bad.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Went here in May to see Take That. Have been to this venue so many times. Had good seats on this occasion having paid a small fortune for VIP seats, was not impressed that this entailed a seat second row from the front with no other extras but not sure if that's a venue issue. Was expecting some other venue... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

I've been here loads to see loads of concerts . Anywhere u sit u can see. But the upper tier is really high especially with young children. And the stairs are really steep. Really awaward walking down in heels and carrying drinks . But It doesn't put me off going . I just pray I don't fall haha the bars... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Went to see Take That. Managed to book good seats. Easy walking distance from our hotel. On the main road so easy drop off for taxis. Once inside, lots of signage, enough toilets, still clean at end of concert. Not too long to wait at bar, but had run out of ice, so my G&T a bit warm!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I have been here many times over the years and like the service. Always have had a good time and look forward to visits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I've lost count of the number of concerts I've been to at the Manchester Arena and when it used to host ice hockey, I was there every game for six years. There is plenty of parking on site and nearby, train access is second to none, the venue is no more than a ten-minute stroll to the city centre and... More 

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