Previously known as the MEN Arena, the Manchester Arena is one of Europe’s biggest and busiest indoor venues and boasts the highest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the UK. From world-class music to international sporting events, the Manchester Arena has welcomed some of the biggest names in live entertainment, including U2, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Peter Kay, Mariah Kery, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Celine Dion, Rick Astley, Black Pink and many other huge, international artists.
With regards to sport, the arena is home to three sports teams: the Manchester Storm, Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey teams and the Manchester Giants basketball team. The venue also hosted World Wrestling Entertainment, martial arts, and boxing, having welcomed the likes of Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calazghe, Mike Tyson and David Haye.
With a layout of 360 degree seating and huge screens, any show held at the Manchester Arena can be enjoyed by the whole audience. Now managed and operated by ASM Global, the Manchester Arena has a capacity of 21,000 seats and won the industry's prestigious International venue of the Year award.
The Manchester Arena capacity is 21,000 and while it is a flexible event space, it has a Lower and Upper tier fixed seating capacity for standard shows. In the lower tier fixed seated capacity, there are 10,762 seats and in the Upper tier fixed seated capacity, the arena can seat 8,870 people. The fixed tiered seating starts at block 102 and then goes round anticlockwise to block 115. However, depending on the event, the seating arrangement can vary and this particularly applies to large sporting events, in which the space is completely adapted.
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There is a temporary Box Office in place on the Trinity Way Corridor next to the Arena Park entrance. The box office is open from 4pm on the day of the show and closes 15 minutes after the main act has gone onstage.
Located just north of the city centre, the Manchester Arena is easily reachable by both public transport and car. The Manchester Arena address is:
Victoria Station Approach,
If you have any access enquiries or requirements, please call the access team on 0161950522.
Manchester Arena has an access scheme, which involves the allocation of free personal assistants. Please visit the website and fill in the Access From to apply for personal assistance tickets and still purchase your tickets using the accessibility booking line listed above.
In the onsite multi-story car park, which is operated and managed by NCP, there are several blue badge spaces available in the car park and the areas around the arena. It is recommended that if you do have limited mobility, arrive at the event as early as possible and then use the NCP car parks at the Arena, Shudehill or the Printworks.
If you are taking the train, then there are accessible ticket machines, induction loops, ramps for train access and assistance on all platforms. You can arrange this assistance in advance with the train company.
With regards to the tram, all metrolinks have either have a ramp , lift or escalator access. There are designated wheelchair points at each tram stop for access customers.
There are three accessible entrance points via Trinity Way, Hunts Bank and Victoria Station. Please arrive at the event early as most of the shows are extremely busy.
Manchester Arena is an inclusive venue and fully equipped for access customers. There is lift access within both the NCP car park and Victoria Station and the venue box office. There is a lowered counter and loop system in the box office.
There are seating areas within the venue for wheelchair users or for customers with limited mobility along with their personal assistants. There are also wheelchairs available from the arena, please ask beforehand about these and assistance will be provided to customers.
Guide dogs are welcome in the Manchester Arena, but please call the access line prior to the event so the venue can organise care for your dog throughout the performance.
As part of Manchester’s unsuccessful bid for the 2000 Summer Olympics, the Manchester Arena was built and it opened in July 1995, sponsored by NYNEX CableComms as NYNEX Arena. It was then renamed the Manchester Evening News Arena (MEN) in 1988 and was then renamed the Manchester Arena again.
Tragically Manchester Arena was the victim of the devastating suicde 2017 bombing during Ariana Grande’s concert, the Manchester Arena closed temporarily during the summer of 2017. However, it reopened again in 2017 and held a benefit concert featuring Noel Gallagher and other acts from the North West.