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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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An accident waiting to happen

Went to see take that on 22nd May the staff 10/10 very helpful and take that were amazing , but dont go in the upper tiers if you have vertigo i had a minor panick attack when i... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
gerrard c
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cheshire
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cheshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Just an empty space at the top of some back stairs with no atmosphere, don't pay any extra for this you are getting nothing of value, also the view is only of the bars and foods vendor below as people enter the entrance!

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Brough, United Kingdom
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142 reviews 142 reviews
22 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

.....but no excuse for being dirty. Went to the amazing John Rylands library which was free and spotless, pay £60 a ticket and this place is filthy. No excuse for not cleaning up after previous nights gig, quite pathetic. Rip off food/drink expected so didn't bother. Great view of had the right seats which we did. Take That excellent, as... More 

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Had a great night staff really great totally unique experience all the stands and retail staff and security very well trained

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cheshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Went to see take that on 22nd May the staff 10/10 very helpful and take that were amazing , but dont go in the upper tiers if you have vertigo i had a minor panick attack when i got to my seat which lasted about half an hour i nearly had to walk out talk about shear drops surely it... More 

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Great arena. Plus points include city centre location, heavily raked seating (meaning clear views, though can feel vertiginous), provides a sense of occasion. Take That, back on home turf for the first time as a trio, were fantastic, with brilliant staging and effects.

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Manchester
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Had an amazing time at the take that gig and love seeing concerts at the Arena. But my nearly missed the start of the gig because of how useless the bar staff was. Actually thought the lad helping to serve had gone off to have a kip!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We visited an Oly Murs concern and to be honest I wasn't expecting much but very quickly I was set back by the quality of sound and lighting display. We sat in block 105 which is a corner mid level stand, for what it was costing for to closer to the stage I was happy with out seats. You could... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My husband and i went to see take that last night. We were in the standing area and whilst we were waiting for the show to start we noticed a man acting suspiciously, checking out peoples pockets/phones etc and wandering back and forth "scouting" for who he could rob from later. I noticed another couple looking at him who were... More 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

1st time at the arena and thought it was great. Brilliant sound quality, well placed for where we stayed.

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Hawarden
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have been here several times and have always enjoyed it easy to park quick admission and exit and plenty of toilets so no waiting around

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