Manchester Arena

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Manchester Arena
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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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Tigeriffic69
Leyland, UK1,139 contributions
June 2019 visit
Jun 2020
I went to see the Cirque Du Soleil Toruk. (Which I would not recommend).
There was plenty of security. They had merchandise stalls, plenty of toilets, and lots of overpriced food, and drinks as always.
Written December 14, 2020
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Katherine Barr
Snaith, UK30 contributions
Great night
Jan 2020 • Friends
My friend and I had a fantastic night seeing the 1975, staff were very helpful, the atmosphere was buzzing and the concert was fantastic
Written August 30, 2020
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mark ashy 74 aka
Stockport, UK534 contributions
Phil Collins Not dead yet tour 29 November 2017 8.00pm
Nov 2019 • Friends
Phil Collins Not dead yet tour 29 November 2017 8.00pm concert was the first concert iv Ever been to cool as well I'd go see Phil Collins again after all I own alot of original s Negative s photos slide s next concert is Genesis because next day after not dead yet tour I ended up hospital lung problems went down like popt bloon apart from that concert was awesome Nic on the drums brilliant 👍
Written July 15, 2020
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astirl66
Doncaster, UK22 contributions
Brilliant concert
Mar 2020 • Couples
Brilliant James Blunt concert at Manchester arena. Booked parking close by which was a good job as it was pouring with rain. It was Manchester after all. Arena is easy to find and a good location. Seats were good and prices for drinks weren't extortionate. Was a bit surprised that security wasn't more keen baring previous events at this arena. Walk through an airport style scanner but bag checks were not that thorough. There was a couple in front of us with a glass bottle of vodka and a group of lads just in front who were vaping all night. Neither was a problem to us but both are not allowed and weren't stopped by staff.
Written March 16, 2020
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joe2cool
Newmarket, UK99 contributions
Fantastic Experience!
Feb 2020 • Couples
Hi visited again for another concert & had another wonderful time. Great seats at the front. All the staff from entering & around the arena were very friendly & helpful. They could be more seating around the concourse of the arena & it would be nice for the Icon's bar to be opened occasionally. Each time I have been it's been closed. Always had a fantastic! evening. Hopefully there again in June for Queen.
Written March 11, 2020
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mark ashy 74 aka
Stockport, UK534 contributions
Phil Collins Not Dead yet tour 29/11/2019
Nov 2019 • Solo
Phil Collins Not dead yet tour concert 29/11/2019 November 29th 8.00pm best Phil Collins singer song writer drummer of All Time hope he comes back to UK soon rerun Tour Genisis
Written March 3, 2020
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norma
Wesham, UK1 contribution
M.E.N Staff
Feb 2020
I cannot praise the arena staff more highly . My husband has just had a hip replacement and was struggling a little. The staff were care and consideration personified. The helped him to his seat and escorted him to the toilets. Every single member of staff we encountered from security to welfare were top class
Written March 2, 2020
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Tracy C
Barnsley, UK85 contributions
The 1975
Feb 2020 • Friends
1st time for me at Manchester arena. I go to a lot of concerts in different locations.
The seating was ok, glad I didnt go to a concert where i was sat down the chairs arent comfortable they also dont have any cup holders resulting in bottles and plastic cup being all over the floor, drink being knocked over and a trip hazard getting out of the row. The toilets were clean but struggled to fine 1 with loo roll.
Drinks selection was ok but as expected for an arena quite expensive. £34 for 4 beers and 2 ciders.
The security is tight which is no surprise with previous tragedy so you feel safe. A lots of staff shouting for different reasons ie; "get your own ticket" this was at the doors to enter the arena so us and a lot of others were stood trying to separate our tickets without ripping them, maybe it would be better to have someone on the approach to this door letting people know rather than it being last minute.
Final thought- it was ok, I didnt go to check out the arena I went for my favourite band who I would see in any conditions but it's unlikely I will go back to this arena as a 1st choice.
Written March 2, 2020
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Julie L
Stoke-on-Trent, UK60 contributions
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
Feb 2020
Concert great, Michal Ball and Alfie Boe always give value for money and the supporting act were okay.
My issues are with the venue - the concert started over half an hour late, not sure why but the queues for security were massive. We had a train to catch at 11pm so had to leave before the end of the encore to be sure of catching this. Actual concert lasted about two hours but we were actually there three and a half hours from the stated start time because of the late start.
We the had issues downloading our tickets as the Ticketmaster site was "busy", (hardly surprising really) and the security staff had no idea whether wifi was available. Seats had a good view of the stage but steps down were very steep with no handrail. If you are visiting and have mobility issues think very carefully about where you sit.
I needed disabled loo facilities and although there were large "accessible" cubicles in the ladies loos it isn't extra space that I need, it is handwashing and disposal facilities which were lacking. There is a further disabled loo but this had a large queue. I had contacted the arena beforehand to declare a medical aerosol but have to say that the security staff could not have been less interested when I arrived at the venue. Didn't want there to be a fuss but why prohibit items you are going to just wave through security?
Overall we had a good time, just think the arena maybe need to tighten up their operation a little.
Written February 28, 2020
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Wayem1968
Barrow-in-Furness, UK43 contributions
SCRIPT 👍
Feb 2020
Cracking night at the arena had a great time, once again the script produced another sell out show and fantastic entertainment, Becky Hill was excellent too 😉👍
Written February 24, 2020
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