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Manchester Arena

Address: Victoria Station, Manchester M3 1AR, England
Phone Number: +44 161 950 5000
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Ranked #62 of 323 things to do in Manchester
Type: Civic centers, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Manchester Arena, managed and operated by SMG Europe, is one of the busiest venues in the world and...
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Type: Civic centers, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This arena is one of the better ones in the country with good views. The food and drink is not overly expensive and although the show we went to see was a sell out, it was still relatively easy to get served

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Manchester
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Visited recently for the Pheonix Nights Live shows, although I have been before on a few different occasions. The MEN is easy to access and has many parking options. Its clearly a large venue but I tend to find the same issues everytime I attend. The queues for both consessions and toilets are terrible and there always seems to be... More 

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Clayton le Moors, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Me and Olivia went to the x factor concert on the 21-02-15 and it was amazing.We sat near the middle stage ( we were in block 109).All of the acts were amazing (Olivia enjoyed Andrea, Reece ,Fleur,Lauren and Ben).Very good views and an amazing warm up for Ella Henderson and Take that in May.

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wigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Must set up more ladies toilets......drink and food rediculous prices., also steep steps need some rails to hold on to, especially if coming back in when lights gone down.

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Preston
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went on the 15th feb and thought we had good seats. Q 1 and 2 were poor , ripped and felt squashed in at the knees. My husband suffered all night with his knees which were fine till after watching Phoenix nights. It was hot and stifling with people conversation above giving us earache. Felt like sardines and couldn't... More 

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Manchester
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not the best venue, seats uncomfy and refreshments very expensive and poor quality.view from some seats poor and need to watch screen .

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Recently went to see Phoenix nights at Manchester Arena. I've been to several concerts/show and the set up is pretty much the same. Drinks are expensive but they don't let you take your own in !! Sometimes they take the lid of the bottled water other times they don't (bit of a pain when you buy two as its easy... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not alot to say drinks very expensive lack of toilets a walk through the train station to gain access on the plus side been twice in the last 6 months and the seating and views are pretty good but at the end of the day you are there a few hours

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lincoln
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Arena for the first time recently on a Saturday for the Phoenix Nights Concert. It has good transport links, is an easy walk from the City Centre. It is a bit faded around the edges but is generally ok with friendly efficient staff. It does seem to have larger public areas hence less hustle and bustle at... More 

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Ripley, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

We went to the last light of Peter Kay phoenix nights on 16th Feb. We were shown to our seats block 203 row M!!! I could not stay there, they are far too high and feel unsafe.I was heading towards a panic attach and had to leave but we found ourselves with others feeling the same. The arena staff were... More 

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