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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 #59 of 126 Attractions in Manchester
Type: Civic Centers, Performances
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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.

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newcastle upon tyne
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

£12 with a blue badge!! Moneygrabbing expletives of the most illegitimate type!! Staff need more training initially in Communication and then learn to be informative rather than just grunting and pointing Eventually resolved through managerial intervention

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We went to WWE wrestling in november at this arena and it was absolutely amazing! the seats were set up on the ground floor perfect for the event and everyone looked to have a brilliant time. The staff made sure we knew exactly where we were going to be sat and the bodyguards near the ring weren't threatening. The food... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Great venue, have had standing tickets hear and seated tickets here before, act tend to have a second stage so even if your right at the back you get a chance to see them closer.

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Batley
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

This arena is well placed for most city centre hotels but especially those around Victoria. It's accessible by car, train (Victoria station next door) & tram etc. beverage prices in the arena are very reasonable but the choice isn't, £18 for a bottle of dry white wine is particularly good value. Good views to be had from all seating, fourth... More

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24 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

We have been to the Phones 4u Arena ( formally the MEN arena and still sign posted on the brown tourism signs as such) on several occasions for music, comedy & sport, the 8000 capacity venue has good paid & free parking within 10 mins walk. This time we went to watch John Bishop on his "Supersonic" tour as usual... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Had a great night out with friends watching the one and only John Bishop, great venue, staff well organised getting you to your seats, You can get the train straight in and out from Victoria station which is a bonus, the only thing that lets it down is the price of the drinks soft and alcoholic, just far to expensive,

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Preston, United Kingdom
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43 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Went there on Friday to watch John Bishop in Concert - On his Supersonic Tour concert whic was brilliant, John was at his best. e have been here before on many occasions and have seen Westlife, Boyzone, Alicia Keys, Pink and others. On all occasions we have found the door staff to be abrupt and very rude. Searching through bags... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Been here a few times, found the staff friendly and helpful and the arena is what you expect!! Sound is great - went to see a comedy show and found the seats a little uncomfortable but not too bad Bar is always going to be expensive, it's like that at any arena or stadium so when people are shocked I... More

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Stavanger, Norway
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The whole experience was absolutely brilliant. Bar was a decent price, seats were easy to find. Everything was clean and tidy.

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Dundee
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Went to see Paolo Nutini at this venue and was very impressed by the accoustics in the arena. Our seats were quite high up but we had a good view. It does get very busy near the bars and toilets but this is to expected when there are so many people milling around. It is not luxurious and the seats... More

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