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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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This arena is typical of many I have been to. However I think it worth mentioning how lovely and helpful the staff are. I originally booked a normal seat but since then, due to a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Mens Toliets blocked. Over priced warm beers and generally a very tired venue. Staff did not care about the disgusting conditions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great arena, enjoyed a wonderful show here with Biffy Clyro performing. Great atmosphere, overall a very good arena

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just suffers from the same problem all large arenas do. Massive soul-less space, herded in, not cheap drinks, herded out. That's the price you have to pay these days for bands of a certain size, but even with the best bands in the world, it's still a corporate hell hole

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This arena is typical of many I have been to. However I think it worth mentioning how lovely and helpful the staff are. I originally booked a normal seat but since then, due to a health condition, I needed to swap to an accessible seat. Nothing was too much trouble. Everything was done with minimum fuss and I was even... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went to this huge arena to see paramore \ number of years agi for my birthday it was a great plavce but they dont play many of the heavier bands in the rock and metal genre

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Thank 336beth
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A terrible venue that doesn't work for concerts at standing level. The only access is through the stairs of the main auditorium . It took us 30 mins to get into the main standing area, and the access to leave is equally poor. Taking the tickets off you when you go in, meant there is a fight to get the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great concert but food horrendously overpriced and very poor quality. Avoid the hot dogs, better still eat somewhere else before you go!

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Manchester Arena is ok and obviously popular for big names appearing in the North West. It is easy to get to and access is ok. However, there is nothing special to set it apart from similar large venues around the country and it needs an update. It has been surpassed by newer venues such as the Leeds Arena.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to the Cure concert on 29th November, it was fantastic. My only concern is the steepness of the steps going down to the seating which also have no handrail. I am surprised I have not heard of accidents happening on them. There was no way I could have got down them. As we were only two rows up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Surprisingly large venue. Would avoid the 'cheap seats' as they're a way from the stage but the sound was great foe an Arena Gig. Security were helpful and polite.

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