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“Great venue”
Review of Manchester Arena

Manchester Arena
Ranked #21 of 182 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great venue”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

I have been to see a number of acts here now and never been disappointed with our seating locations. There are many bars and snack places so you don't have to wait too long to be served. Parking on site which is great and hassle free.

Visited November 2011
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Great arena”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Great arena with a good selection of concerts and shows.
Id advise getting there early to avoid large queues.
Eat before you go in, the food selection inside isnt great.
Shop around for a cheaper car park if driving.
Close to transport (Victoria Train station).
Staff are very helpful.

Visited September 2012
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Disley, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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“Huge with poor sound”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

If you can only get a seat a long way from the stage you probably won't see much.
Wherever you sit you wont hear well because the sound quality is poor - loud, but not clear.

Visited April 2012
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Location”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

I have been to the MEN Arena loads of times. I come because of the artists that are on, not because I like the place. It's just a concrete building with no character. I prefer smaller venues. The shows they have on are excellent. The organisation is excellent. Loads of staff on hand to help with directions etc. The drinks and sweets are overpriced but they are in most places. It is in a great location. Oh and loads of toilets, so it is very rare you have to que.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“It's Huuuuuge”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Been may times to many things, best ever was The Wall by Roger Waters.
The place is big so you will probably be a fair way from the stage unless you are very lucky, also and this should be taken seroiusly, the seating is steep, really steep so if you are worried about heights and the like be sure to get lower tier tickets or I doubt you will cope!

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