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Phones 4u Arena

Victoria Station, Manchester M3 1AR, England (Formerly Nynex Arena)
+44 161 950 5000
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Ranked #51 of 121 attractions in Manchester
Type: Civic Centers
Owner description: Phones 4u Arena Manchester, managed and operated by SMG Europe, is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe.... more » Owner description: Phones 4u Arena Manchester, 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 (formerly The Manchester Evening News 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. « less
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a great venue for me as it's only about 59 miles away. I like the area and enjoy a long weekend break in Manchester as often as possible.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Having been to a few of the arenas in north west England I can compare and I have to say Manchester's MEN, sorry Phones 4U arena is one of the better ones. The drinks are a tad expensive (aren't they all) but the sound is booming, can be heard well into Victoria Station so good for concerts. The arena feels... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We have been to the phones 4u arena about 20 times now. We love going to see all the rock bands that play there. It is a big arena with lots of space. The arena staff are freindly. The prices for the food and drink are okay. Everytime we have been we have had a fab night.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went to see Prince at this venue - Brilliant!! easy to park lovely helpful staff - won't bother going to see Prince again but I would go to this arena again :-)

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went to see the legend that is prince to see his "performance " at the phone4u arena on the 17th may ... Prince was fantastic as usual , strutting his stuff and belting out his music for nearly 3 hours . The arena itself is too big and overcrowded in my opinion with VERY VERY rude staff ... We opted... More

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

I went to watch drake a few months ago and it was well spaced also the staff were pleasant very happy would go again :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Been here twice since i've been in a wheelchair (once for before that) never had any trouble at all, it says on ticket master & the arena website to call if you're booking tickets & have accessibility needs & their team is great. I love the seats we get, raised, just me & my partner, no viewing restrictions, great view!... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Came to see Robbie Williams on 30 June, the show was brilliant, how could it not be, he is robbie.....but I'm not reviewing him am I...the arena itself is very large, I'd of hated a seated ticket, so far away from the stage! My friend and I queued all day to get a good position, but when It came to... More

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Birkdale, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I have been to this arena dozens of times over the years however the only good thing I can say about it is that it gets some great acts there. I have finally decided never to bother going here again as its not worth the stress it causes having to fight your way round the place to get anywhere. Drinks... More

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Widnes, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Spent £140 to see the Eagles and expected a professional organised event at this massive venue that i had never been to before. Had my bottle of water confiscated at the door despite telling the security i was diabetic. Their answer from a nasty supervisor was that i would have to forfeit my water and then go to see the... More

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