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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 #52 of 126 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I've been to 3 concerts in this arena, the most recent a couple of days ago and have been happy to return every time. It is very conveniently located close to Victoria station, easy to get to from the coach station as well as an alternative. There seemed to be some trouble in the front row, just before the concert... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Good arena for shows. I saw McBusted in May and You Me At Six and 30 Seconds to Mars last year which were my most recent shows. I have been here many times before and even when it was MEN (prefer that name). It's very big and spacious with plenty of seats (and standing area). For McBusted we were sat... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Brilliant night! Went to see Drake earlier in the year. Perfect venue. Everyone was very helpful. I will 100% return for another concert.

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Santiago, Chile
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I was there for the 4 shows of Robbie Williams a month ago, and really was amazing,totally i recommend this place for shows, the sound and view is fantastic, You have a Mc Donalds inside ( just if you want to eat something)

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Went here for a Michael Buble concert. The Arena is quite central to Manchester with plenty of places to stay nearby. Organisation on the whole was good but late comers were annoying as they blocked our view, feel if they have not arrived within a certain time they should be seated in a different area so as not to disturb... More

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heywood
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

went here to watch Ant and Dec, easy to get in and even though it was busy had no trouble getting around, found drinks and snack s very expensive, but probably no more so than any similar venue. we had seats in the top area in zone 212 , which although high up and a long way from the stage... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Wonderful visit to see Ant and Dec Saturday night takeaway. Easy to find, well run and all the staff very helpful. Toilets clean, some cubicles had missing locks but well stocked even after the intermission which is a rarity in big venues. Overall wonderful venue 😊

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My husband and i booked front row seats to see the Eagles on 24th June and paid £300 each for the privilege. Our seats were Row A , Block 115, seats 15 and 16. When we arrived and were shown our seats we were totally shocked as we could not see the stage let alone the band! There was a... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We visited the Phones 4U Arena (formerly the MEN Arena) to see McBusted plus supporting acts in concert on a very rainy Saturday afternoon in May 2014. McBusted were fantastic and the supporting acts very good, particularly Young Brando. Planning ahead, we decided to use the Market Street car park just off Deansgate between the Ambassador Hotel and Travelodge, which... More

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Like many others who reviewed the Eagles concert, my friend and I had a horrendous experience at the phones 4U arena with the intense heat, scarcity of refreshments, bullying officials and bag searches. Our experience was probably worse by my friend actually fainting with the heat as a result of being refused access to the (much cooler) staircase. What is... More

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