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Address: 1 Victoria Station, Manchester M3 1WY, England
Phone Number: +44 161 950 5000
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Manchester Arena, managed and operated by SMG Europe, is one of the busiest...

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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Great atmosphere

Always great to see an act there. Loos without queues and staff that know what they are doing. Always had a good view of the stage from seats.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Anna T
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Saw Faithless here in December 2015. The venue is huuuugggeee!! The atmosphere was electric. Facilities are good and location is fantastic!!! We had a brilliant time and would return!!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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418 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Located very centrally you can walk here easy from the city centre. There are good parking options on the just park website. I don't recommend using the NCP next door as it takes a LONG time to get out of here after an event. The area just inside the Arena where the toilets and food/drink bars are is clean and... More 

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Thank sge31
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always great to see an act there. Loos without queues and staff that know what they are doing. Always had a good view of the stage from seats.

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Thank Anna T
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went there for the first time for the Morrissey gig at the weekend and had a standing ticket. View of the stage was pretty good for the size of the place and there were always the big screens if someone was in your way. Staff were efficient without being overtly hassle-y. Drinks obviously way over priced but you expect that.... More 

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Lizard, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came here to see Lionel Richie. The venue is superb with very easy access from the street. There are plenty of outlets to buy drink all around venue. The staff were very helpful and took us to our seats. Wouldn't hesitate in coming here again.

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Thank Marcus P
Woodley, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What can I say but he was as usual Bloody Fantastic! The venue itself was a short walk from our hotel and very easy and clean to get too..

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a bit of a struggle finding our seats which was resolved by the very helpful staff. Waited quite a while to get served at the bar but that was expected and again the staff worked really hard, thought it was great that you could buy 4 pints to take back to your seat as I know some arenas... More 

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Thank alishalily14
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great arena. Fantastic event staff. Next time I go I will look at the seating plan. I was that high up I was looking down on god.

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A bit of a soulless dome, as you might expect being the size it is. I had a seat up in the Gods, and it really was nose-bleedingly high. Morrissey and the band were a bit like ants on the stage and I had to watch the big screens. Leaving is a bit of a nightmare, no Taxi's can get... More 

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Pembroke, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stewarding levels poor - people were standing in seated areas which is fine until some drunk falls on top of you. This didn't happen but it easily could have and in any case, people who have paid for a seat should be able to have their enjoyment of the show from that seat without having to peer around someone who... More 

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