Manchester Phones4u Arena seating chart
Detailed chart with individual seats, rows and blocks numbers - Manchester Arena seating plan
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What are the best seats in Manchester Arena?
The Manchester Arena is a fantastic venue and there isn't really a bad seat. However knowing the detailed plan will help you buy a best value ticket. Seats in the floor blocks are normally numbered 1-18 or 1-16 left to right when facing the stage. The floor is totally flat, so sitting in blocks D, E, F, G, H, J can be a problem for children or smaller people - especially as at most shows everyone on the floor stands up often for the whole duration of the event. Front rows in blocks A, B, C offer probably the best viewing experience for shorter people. Each of them has rows from A to Q. Blocks B, E, H are central so they are sometimes more expensive. In the lower and upper tier the seats are numbered from 1 upwards meaning for blocks 102 - 105 & 202 - 205 seat 1 is nearest to the stage but furthest from the stage for blocks 112 - 115 & 212 & 215. Level 100 blocks have rows from A to X, with the exception of block 103 (rows A to W) and block 114 (rows F to X). Front rows in blocks 102-104 and 113-115 have very good seats and offer great viewing experience. Level 200 blocks have rows from A to R, with the exception of blocks 202, 203 and 204 which have rows from A to P. Front rows in blocks 202-204 and 213-215 are also very good seats. However the seats in level 200 are sometimes referred to as ‘in the gods’ and for some people the back rows may be almost vertigo inducing.
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Block A view from seat for music gig events - Manchester Arena seating plan
Block B view from seat best experience - Manchester Arena seating plan
Block C view from reserved seats section - Manchester Arena seating plan
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Block E view from seat - Manchester Arena seating plan
Block F view from my seat - Manchester Arena seating plan
Block G view from seat - Manchester Arena seating plan
Block H view from seat good experience - Manchester Arena seating plan
Block J view from seat viewer - Manchester Arena seating plan
Block 206 bird's eye view perspective zoomed-in - Manchester Arena seating plan
Catwalk stage full large venue for Beyonce - Manchester Arena seating plan
Centre stage with floor and lower / upper tiers fully seated venue - Manchester Arena seating plan
Centre round stage unreserved floor standing for Metallica - Manchester Arena seating plan
End stage general admission floor standing - Manchester Arena seating plan
End stage fully seated for Taylor Swift, Young Voices, Barry Manilow - Manchester Arena seating plan
Half stage fully seated CBeebies chart - Manchester Arena seating plan
Half stage with floor standing but level 100, 200 sitting for John Bishop - Manchester Arena seating plan
Side stage fully seated numbered diagram - Manchester Arena seating plan
Small stage show floor sections BL A, B, C for The Australian Pink Floyd - Manchester Arena seating plan
Chart for Strictly Come Dancing - Manchester Arena seating plan
Boxing full hall with VIP boxes - Manchester Arena seating plan
UFC seating plan of MEN arena - Manchester Arena seating plan
WWE Raw wrestling in Manchester Evening News Arena - Manchester Arena seating plan
Ice rink skating for Disney on Ice - Manchester Arena seating plan
The exact catwalk stage for Madonna and Glee - Manchester Arena seating plan
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Premier League darts - Manchester Arena seating plan
Basketball USA vs GB - Manchester Arena seating plan
Indoor football including block 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 - Manchester Arena seating plan
Motor sport event seating - Manchester Arena seating plan
Swimming pool with half block 102 115 202 215 - Manchester Arena seating plan
City of Manchester netball - Manchester Arena seating plan
UK badminton tournament - Manchester Arena seating plan
Thai boxing with no top 2 tier, Block 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 - Manchester Arena seating plan
Miley Cyrus stage with pitt and numbering of all suites level - Manchester Arena seating plan
How many rows are there in lower tier / level 100 / blocks 100?
Level 100 blocks have rows from A to X, with the exception of block 103 (rows A to W) and block 114 (rows F to X).
How many rows are there in upper tier / level 200 / blocks 200?
Level 200 blocks have rows from A to R, with the exception of blocks 202, 203 and 204 which have rows from A to P.
What are the best floor seats at Manchester Arena?
The floor is totally flat, so sitting in blocks D, E, F, G, H, J can be a problem for children or smaller people - especially as at most shows everyone on the floor stands up for the whole duration of the event. Also stewards may not let children stand on seats. Blocks A, B, C offer probably the best viewing experience for shorter people. Each of them has rows from A to Q. Blocks B, E, H are central so they are sometimes more expensive.
What are the best lower tier seats at Manchester Arena?
Blocks 100 are raised and slope further upwards typically from rows A at the front to X at the back. Row A is quite a bit higher than all the floor blocks. In blocks 102, 103, 104, 105 the seat 1 is nearest to the stage, but in blocks 112, 113, 114, 115 the seat number 1 is furthest to the stage. The distance to the stage in the same row in blocks 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111 is comparable irrespective of the seat number.
Front rows in blocks 102-104 and 113-115 have very good seats and offer probably the best viewing experience.
What are the best lower upper seats in Men Arena Manchester?
The top tier blocks 200 slope further upwards typically from rows A at the front to R at the back. Seat number 1 is nearest to the stage in blocks 202, 203, 204, 205, but it is furthest from the stage in blocks 212, 213, 214, 215. The distance to the stage in the same row in blocks 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211 is comparable irrespective of the seat number.
Front rows in blocks 202-204 and 213-215 have very good seats and offer probably the best viewing experience.
How does the block and seat numbering work?
For standard shows the Arena bowl has fixed tiered seating starting at block 102 and goes round in an anticlockwise direction to block 115. Seats are numbered from 1 upwards meaning for blocks 102 - 105 & 202 - 205 seat 1 is nearest to the stage but furthest from the stage for blocks 112 - 115 & 212 & 215. The floor blocks are normally numbered 1 -18 left to right when facing the stage.
Are the floor seats comfortable?
Seats in the floor blocks are "removable", not "permanent" like they are in the lower and upper tiers. So they are more like seats you'd get if you went to a function at a hotel. They're comfortable enough; perhaps not as wide as the ones in the lower and upper tiers. That said, your will be probably standing up for most of the show
What are the best seat tickets at the Manchester Arena?
The MEN is a fantastic venue and the reviews suggest that there isn't really a bad seat.
Some people tend to avoid the upper tier (level 200). The seats there are sometimes referred to as ‘in the gods’ and the back rows there may be almost vertigo inducing.
You can save a few pounds by selecting blocks 101, 102 and 115, 116 and have the unique experience of seeing some behind the stage and backstage action, for example, when the artist is preparing to walk onto the stage. The only negative is that you will obviously be looking across stage. For end-stage, the lower the seat number in block 115 the better - seat number 1 has best angle of view whereas seat number 28 is at an extreme angle to the side of the stage (although it is closer to the stage).
What do the symbols / glossary on the tickets mean?
BL - Block
Upper tier - 200 level - all blocks starting with a 2
Lower tier - 100 level - all blocks starting with a 1
DP - Disabled platform
CP - Camera platform
Side view - on the side of the stage – there may be some restriction of view - eg. no view of the screens
Restricted view - same as side view but obstructions from production and stage equipment
Rear View - Some shows sell in the round and open seats behind the stage and the production quality is unaffected although the view to the artists is through the back-line
What is a Meet & Greet package experience?
Once in a lifetime Meet & Greet experience represents the ultimate concert experience. With this package you get to meet your idol. The Meet & Greet Experience is one you'll never forget.
What is the Hot Tickets package?
With the so called Hot Tickets you can access some of the best seats in the house. Hot Tickets give you the opportunity to select your block & row at seated venues.
What is the Club Experience?
These packages typically include: access to pre show meals, private bars, luxury facilities, private enclosures and fast track entry.
What is the Early Entry ticket?
The Early Entry ticket gives you the opportunity to get up to close to the stage with early/pre doors access for standing shows.
Which entrance should I use?
There are three main entrances - City Room (off Victoria Station), Trinity Way (near the NCP car park entrance) and Hunts Bank. Whilst access to all areas can be gained from each one, the following suggestions are a guide to the closest entrance.
Blocks 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209
Blocks D, E, F, G, H, J or unreserved standing on the floor
Blocks 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215
Blocks 101, 102, 103, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 201, 202, 203, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222
Blocks A, B, C on the floor
The City Room entrance is recommended for disabled customers.
What is the capacity of the Manchester Arena? / How many people does it hold?
The Arena can hold the following number of people:
In the round concerts – up to 21,000 (floor standing)
In the round concerts – up to 20,400 (fully seated)
Conventional end-stage concerts – up to 19,350 (floor standing)
Conventional end-stage concerts – 13,500–15,800 (fully seated)
Side stage – up to 11,150 (fully seated)
Lower tier fixed seated capacity – 10,762
Upper tier fixed seated capacity – 8,870
Ice hockey and gymnastics – up to 17,643
FINA Swimming championships 2008 – 17,250
Basketball – up to 20,500
Boxing – up to 21,000
How do I get to Phones 4u Arena?
Phones 4u Arena is in Manchester city-centre, on the corner of Trinity Way, Hunts Bank and Great Ducie Street and adjacent to Victoria Station. There is a 900 capacity multi-storey car parking on site and approximately 3,500 spaces within 10 minutes walk of the venue. Please beware of unauthorised car parks and street parking, especially around the Strangeways area, as a rise in incidents has recently been reported. It is advised that anyone with walking difficulties should arrive as early as possible and use the car parks at the Arena, Shudehill or the Printworks. The Arena is also well served by public transport from buses, trains and trams and there is a taxi rank outside Victoria Station. It’s smart to arrange to drop off and/or collect away from the Arena as, due to the city-centre location and size of events, road closures and diversions may be in place at the end of an event making it difficult to return to your chosen meeting point.
The Arena is accessible to everyone. The on-site NCP car park offers many spaces for disabled customers and there are lifts available both within the car park and giving access to our Box Office and City Room entrance. There is also a lift from platform 3 on Victoria Station and to the right of the Hunts Bank steps. Designated seating within Phones 4u Arena caters for wheelchair users and their carers or those with walking difficulties. There are also lowered counters and disabled toilet facilities.
Hot to get to the Arena by car?
Phones 4u Arena is situated on the A56, 3 miles from Junction 17 of the M62.
Where to park near the Manchester Arena?
The on-site multi-storey car park is operated and managed by NCP Manchester and has a capacity of 900. Security is up to NCP Manchester's high standards with the car parking rated with a Park Mark award. It also has regular patrols and state-of-the-art CCTV monitoring from NCP Manchester's control room. You can also pre-book your parking on-line before you arrive at NCP to guarantee your space.
How to get to the Manchester Arena by public transport?
If you're planning a trip to Phones 4u Arena - day or night - then you'll find public transport is probably the best way to travel from all over Greater Manchester, and beyond. Phones 4u Arena is one of the easiest places to get to by public transport. Buses, trains and trams drop you only minutes away from the entrance.
Metrolink trams call at the Victoria stop, right by the Phones 4u Arena. Trams run from many places in Greater Manchester and are also a handy way to get to the Arena from other places in the city centre.
Many buses serve Cannon Street and Victoria bus stations and there are many bus stops within easy walking distance in the city centre. If you're staying out late then Nightbus services on Friday and Saturday nights run directly past Phones 4u Arena. Manchester's free city centre Metroshuttle service also links Victoria station with other areas of the centre.
Many national and local trains stop at Manchester Victoria station, right underneath the Arena. If your train arrives at Manchester Piccadilly station, the Phones 4u Arena is a short journey away on a Metrolink tram.
What is the address of the Manchester Evening News Arena?
Phones 4u Manchester Arena, Victoria Station, Manchester, M3 1AR
For Sat Nav systems the postcode is M3 1AR.
How to book a ticket?
You can book a ticket by phone, online, by post or in person at the Box Office. You can find the details on the official Manchester Arena website.
Will my tickets be posted to me?
Tickets booked with online can either be posted out or left for collection at the Box Office. Tickets can usually be collected 48 hours after purchase; the cardholder must be present and produce the credit card.
How can I collect my tickets if I am delayed?
The Box Office will close at approx 9.00pm on an event night or just before the main act take to the stage - after this time tickets can still be collected from the Customer Services Desk after accessing the venue by the Hunts Bank entrance.
Are there any age restrictions for shows at Phones 4u Arena?
There are no age restrictions to any shows, however no children under 14 should come unaccompanied. It is also advisable that under 14s should not go on the floor for standing floor shows. Generally children shows allow babes in arms up to 23 months however some shows specifically targeted at younger audiences require a ticket for anyone attending the performance. Children's ear defenders can be purchased from the merchandise stand at Block 111.
What should I bring with me?
Patrons are advised to bring the least amount of belongings possible. Small bags are permitted but may be subject to searches and, at some events, may be removed from standing floor ticket-holders for collection afterwards. The unauthorised use of cameras, video or any other form of recording equipment (including iPad's / tablets) is strictly prohibited. 35mm cameras are permitted at most events but professional cameras with a detachable zoom lens are not. At certain events, the promoter may request a ban on all photography and signs to this effect will be displayed at all entrances. No food or drink is to be brought into the venue. Banners are also prohibited. Large golfing style umbrellas should not be brought to the venue as they will not be permitted on safety grounds, however small (handbag / briefcase style) umbrellas will be permitted.
Can I bring a camera into the Arena?
The official policy of the Arena and the touring shows, forming part of the conditions of sale when you purchase a ticket, is that the unauthorised use of cameras, video and any other form of recording equipment (including iPad's / tablets) is strictly prohibited. However, some of the shows do permit the use of small digital cameras including, in many cases, 'bridge' cameras (larger digital cameras with zoom lenses that cannot be removed). For the avoidance of any confusion 'professional' cameras with removable and interchangeable lenses are always prohibited. Unfortunately, the camera policy for a specific show is typically only confirmed on the day of the event.
What is the Manchester Arena Priority Pass?
Anyone who subscribes to the Manchester Arena Priority Pass has a chance to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
What hospitality packages are available?
Phones 4u Arena hosts the biggest names from the world of pop, rock, classical, family shows, comedy and sport and our hospitality team is dedicated to creating and delivering your perfect evening. Hospitality packages include:
Gold Packages - Hospitality suite on an annual basis.
Silver Packages - Hospitality suite on an event-by-event basis.
Concert Club - Pre-show hospitality and premium seats.
The View Experience - Ideal for couples or small groups of friends.
What is the Manchester Arena Gold Package?
Entertain and impress business associates and staff in your own private hospitality suite on an annual basis. Phones 4u Arena has 26 first class Hospitality Suites, with private bar, full catering menus, waiter service, lounge furniture and your own private viewing balcony. Benefits include:
Your own private suite complete with an entertainment area and balcony seating for between twelve and eighteen guests
Advance notification of all Phones 4u Arena events throughout the year
Priority booking lines through to our Box Office and Food & Beverage Department
Private bar & suite host
Hot and cold food menu options served directly to your suite
WC and cloakroom facilities
Reserved ground floor car parking
Dedicated suiteholders entrance
What is the Manchester Arena Silver Package?
You may not need a suite for a 12 month period, but would like the opportunity to entertain and impress your clients or friends and family with an invitation to an event - the Silver Packages are designed exactly for this purpose. You can hire a suite on an event-by-event basis and enjoy all the benefits of our full hospitality service. For that special occasion, sample the celebrity lifestyle from the comfort of your private suite. With balcony seating for up to 14 people, entertainment area with a private bar and buffet, en-suite WC facilities, a souvenir concert programme - and, of course, tickets to the latest sell-out event - our packages are perfect for any kind of celebration. Benefits include:
Your own private suite for up to 14 people
Dedicated VIP entrance
Champagne reception upon arrival
Private bar and suite host
Full hot and cold buffet menu served directly to your suite
En-suite WC and cloakroom facilities
Concert Tickets inclusive
Souvenir concert programmes
What is the Manchester Arena Concert Club?
Whether you're a fanatical concertgoer who wants great seats in the house guaranteed or a company looking to entertain clients and offer the best in staff incentives, Phones 4u Arena Concert Club provides the ideal solution. For 12 months you'll get your very own seats guaranteed for a two week period on EVERY SHOW - plus exclusive access to the Premier Lounge. Benefits include:
Advance Concert Club notifications and media releases
Secure on-line portal to manage your membership & purchase tickets
Priority booking lines through to the Box Office
Dedicated corporate tickets collection window
Dedicated Concert Club entrance
Access to the Premier Lounge
What is the Manchester Arena View Experience?
Upgrade your concert experience with The View Experience. Ideal for couples or small groups of friends, The View Experience includes pre-show entry to The View bar and restaurant plus concert tickets in our VIP seating area. You will get a dedicated fast track entrance to The View from City Room (next to the Box Office), early access to the venue before the general public and pre-show entry to The View with a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival (a menu is also available to order and pay for food at the bar). To upgrade your concert experience simply click on The View button next to your chosen event on the Events Calendar page.
Hotels near Manchester Arena
You will probably find it difficult to find a very cheap hotel near the Manchester Arena. The hotels near the Arena include: Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre, Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre, The Lowry Hotel, Stay Inn Hotel Manchester, Manchester Marriott and Renaissance Hotel, Crowne Plaza Manchester City centre, Hilton Manchester Deansgate.
Restaurants near Manchester Arena
Good restaurants near the Manchester Arena include: Cicchetti, San Carlo, Podium Restaurant, RBG Bar & Grill at Park Inn Hotel, The Printworks, The View
The buzzing hotspots near the Arena include: The Printworks, Cloud 23, The Birdcage Manchester
About the Manchester Arena
Phones 4u Arena Manchester (formerly known as the NYNEX Arena, Manchester Evening News Arena, MEN or simply the Manchester Arena is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe. Along with the O2 London Arena and the Wembley Stadium it is the UK’s prime hotspot for staging large-scale entertainment events. Since opening in 1995, the Arena has hosted the biggest names in live entertainment including U2, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Pavarotti. In addition to live music, the Arena also staged some of the biggest events in 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. The Arena 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. The arena was named "Busiest Arena Venue In The World", based on ticket sales for concerts in 2003-2007 ahead of other indoor arenas including the Madison Square Garden and Wembley Arena.
30 hospitality business suites (seats up to 12 guests)
8 top floor suites known as 'The White house' (each seats between 6 and 15 guests - located in the white sports commentators boxes when not in use)
4 party suites (seats up to 25 guests)
The arena claimed to have the world's largest indoor video scoreboard when it opened in 1995. The videowall has been deactivated, but remains in situ mounted in the roof. It has been replaced with an LED Ribbonboard mounted on the video scoreboard's exterior.
The arena was one of the first indoor venues in Europe to be built following the traditional American sports arena layout of 360 degree seating, and is the only arena in the UK to have this feature (London's The O2 Arena also has 360 degrees seating, but only on its lower tier, whereas the Phones 4u Arena features it on both tiers).
The Phones 4u Arena was constructed as part of the city's unsuccessful bid for the 2000 Summer Olympics.
The venue attracts over a million customers each year for concerts and family shows, making it one of the world's busiest indoor arenas, and was named "International Venue Of The Year" in 2002 in the 'Pollstar' awards, and was nominated in the same category in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The arena was named "Busiest Arena Venue In The World", based on ticket sales for concerts in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 ahead of other indoor arenas including the Madison Square Garden and Wembley Arena. The arena was the 'World's Busiest Arena' from 2001 until 2007 based on ticket sales for concerts, attracting five and a half million customers. It was voted 'Europe's Favourite Arena' at the TIP Awards in 2008 by the touring companies that bring the shows to the venue.
In 2008, the arena was world's third busiest arena behind London's O2 Arena and New York's Madison Square Garden. In 2009, it was the world's second busiest arena behind London's O2 Arena and ahead of Antwerp's Sportpaleis and Madison Square Garden. Although second to London's O2 Arena the Phones 4u Arena had its busiest year with over 1,500,000 people attending concerts and family shows. The arena hosts over 250 events annually including comedy, live music and tours, sporting events, and occasionally musicals.
Notable music events
The arena has hosted music concerts since opening in 1995 and is the arena's primary source of visitors.
In 2002, Kylie Minogue performed on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 11 and 12 of May as part of her Fever tour.
The venue was used to record Westlife's Greatest Hits Tour DVD on 14 April 2003. Pink's performance, during her Try This Tour on 26 March 2004, was filmed and released on DVD as Pink: Live in Europe. McFly's Wonderland Tour was recorded there in 2005. Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad Tour was filmed on 6 December 2007 and released as the Good Girl Gone Bad Live DVD. The Spice Girls performed three shows during the Return of the Spice Girls Tour on 23/24/26 January 2008, the three last European shows of the tour. On 13–14 June 2008, Boyzone filmed their reunion tour, Back Again ... No Matter What DVD here. Morrissey filmed Who Put the M in Manchester on his 45th birthday on 22 May 2004.
Simply Red performed on 21, 22 and 23 January 1996 on Life Tour
Steps announced their split on Boxing day in 2001 at their final concert for 11 years before reforming in 2011 and returning to the arena for the first time on April 10, 2012 and then again on April 26, 2012 as part of Steps The Ultimate Tour, the band members were apprehensive upon arriving for the first tour date here after what had happened here 11 years ago. Janet Jackson was scheduled to perform her All for You Tour on 5 December 2001, but the show was cancelled. Kylie Minogue performed a webcast of her KylieFever2002 tour on MSN for fans around the world.
The Rolling Stones made their most recent appearance in Manchester at the arena on September 5, 2003, as part of the Licks Tour.
Cher performed one show on May 17, 2004 during the European leg of her marathon Living Proof: The Farewell Tour.
Kylie Minogue performed part of her Showgirl Tour on the 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28 of April 2005. In 2007, she performed on the 12, 13, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23 of January as the final part of her Homecoming Tour. In 2008, she came back to perform on the 11, 12, 14, 15, 17 and 18 of July as part of her X world tour.
Madonna performed her Sticky & Sweet Tour on July 7, 2009. Madonna was due to perform two back-to-back shows but the July 8 show was cancelled.
On 15 July 2010, the arena celebrated its 15th birthday with a multi-artist gig, presented by Real Radio (North West). An audience of nearly 10,000 was entertained by Scouting for Girls, Pixie Lott, The Script, Alexandra Burke, The Hoosiers, The Saturdays, Gabriella Cilmi, Taio Cruz, Craig David, Beverley Knight, Olly Murs, Amy McDonald, The Baseballs and Fyfe Dangerfield. Former steward, Peter Kay was a surprise guest which was hosted by Real Radio breakfast presenters Ditchy and Salty.
Lady Gaga has performed three dates at the Phones 4u Arena for her second world tour The Monster Ball Tour, and returned for one of her three UK dates as part of her third worldwide tour, The Born This Way Ball, with the 21,000 capacity venue selling out in under 10 minutes.
Kylie Minogue came back on 1, 2, 4 and 5 of April 2011 as part of her Aphrodite World Tour. Britney Spears performed at the arena on November 6, 2011 during her Femme Fatale Tour.
In November 2011, the arena hosted Children in Need Rocks Manchester which was broadcast live on BBC One as part of Children in Need 2011 and raised over 2,500,000 million pounds through ticketing and donations. In December 2011, The Saturdays performed at the arena as a headlining act for the first ever time, as part of their All Fired Up Tour. The Manchester date was chosen to be filmed for a future DVD release.
British electronic band Depeche Mode performed at the arena four times. The first was on October 2, 1998 during the Singles Tour, the second was on October 20, 2001 during the Exciter Tour, the third was on March 30, 2006 during the Touring the Angel and the fourth was on December 18, 2009 during the Tour of the Universe in front of a sold out crowd of 14,726 people. The 2009 show was recorded for the live albums project Recording the Universe.
American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at the arena six times. The first and the second were on March 11 and 12, 2003 during the By the Way World Tour, the third and the fourth were on July 11 and 12, 2006 during the Stadium Arcadium World Tour and the fifth and the sixth were on November 14 and 15, 2011 as part of the ongoing I'm With You World Tour in front of a total crowd of 26,356 people (13,268 per night). The performances of Monarchy of Roses and If You Have to Ask from the two 2011 shows were recorded for the live EP 2011 Live EP.
British pop band Duran Duran performed at the arena four times. The first and the second were on April 17 and 21, 2004 during the The Reunion Tour, the third was on December 18, 2005 during the Astronaut Tour and the fourth was on December 16, 2011 during the All You Need Is Now Tour. The 2011 show was filmed and recorded for the live video and album A Diamond in the Mind: Live 2011.
Irish rock band U2 performed at the arena on August 11 and 12, 2001 during the Elevation Tour in front of a total crowd of 38,742 people (19,371 per night).
Jay-Z and Kanye West performed two sold out shows, on the 11 and 12 June 2012, during their Watch the Throne Tour at the arena.
American entertainer Beyoncé performed 3 sold out shows at the Phones 4u Arena as part of her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour on May 7, 8 and 9, 2013. This was the 5th time Beyoncé has visited the Arena following concerts for her Dangerously in Love Tour(2003), Destiny Fulfilled...and Lovin' It(2005), The Beyoncé Experience (2007) and the I Am... World Tour (2009)
American singer/songwriter, P!nk returned to the Phones 4u Arena on April 14 and 15th to perform 2 sold out shows as a part of The Truth About Love Tour. This will be P!nk's 8th and 9th time playing the arena following her concerts for her Try This Tour(2004), I'm Not Dead Tour,(2006) and the Funhouse Tour (2009).
Roger Waters performed his The Wall Live show at the arena in May 2011. Performing the Pink Floyd album The Wall and is due to perform it again at the Phones 4u Arena in September 2013.
Rihanna performed at the arena during her Diamonds World Tour on June 12 and 13 and July 15 and 16 2013.
Notable sporting events
The Phones 4u Arena has been the home of three sports teams: the Manchester Storm and Manchester Phoenix ice hockey teams, and the Manchester Giants basketball team with limited success, as it is no longer used by sports teams but is used for one-off sporting events such as boxing and football masters.
Many boxers have had bouts in the arena, such as Amir Khan, Jermaine Johnson, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson, and David Haye. Hatton, from Manchester, became a regular and favourite at the arena.
The Phones 4u Arena hosted mixed martial arts events. UFC 70 on 21 April 2007, and UFC 105 on 14 November 2009 for which it set the European record attendance for the largest UFC event outside the USA with 16,000 spectators. The World Taekwondo Qualification Event for the Beijing Olympic Games was held at there on 28–30 September 2007 when 103 countries competed for 24 places at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. In April 2008, the arena hosted the FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, the first time the event has been held in the UK. The arena was transformed with two 25 m swimming pools constructed in 18 days and seating provided for 17,250 spectators.
Monster truck racing events have been staged but the floor space has to be extended and the front section of seating in the lower tier removed. A meeting of Premier League Darts from the PDC Professional Darts Corporation takes place once a year and has done since 2008.
In May 2011, the arena hosted a basketball contest between the Atlanta Dream (WNBA) and the Great Britain women's basketball team, billed as "WNBA Live", the first time a WNBA team had played in Europe. In July 2012, the Phones 4u Arena hosted an international between Great Britain men's basketball team and the United States men's basketball team in the build up to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Comedy and other events
The first stand-up comedy performance was Peter Kay's final performance of his Mum wants a bungalow Tour in July 2003. He worked at the arena when it opened in 1996 and the performance was filmed for DVD release as Peter Kay at the Manchester Arena. In 2005, Lee Evans set a world record for performing to the biggest audience in front of a crowd of 10,108. Peter Kay's The Tour That Doesn't Tour Tour...Now On Tour ran for 20 consecutive nights and 20 nights at the end of the tour – a record for the venue. Alan Carr filmed the DVD for Spexy Beast in Manchester.
The Phones 4u Arena also hosts the annual convention of Jehovah's Witnesses.
When was the Manchester Arena opened?
The arena was opened on 15 July 1995 by NYNEX CableComms as the NYNEX Arena and was renamed the Manchester Evening News Arena in 1998. The Manchester Evening News ended its 13 year sponsorship at the end of 2011 and the arena was renamed the Manchester Arena in 2012. In July 2013 in a multi-million pound sponsorship deal by mobile phone company Phones 4u the arena was renamed to the Phones 4u Arena.
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