Manchester Arena, Manchester

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Also known as the Manchester Arena, Manchester Arena was the world's third busiest arena in 2008. The arena hosts both sports and entertainment events, with crowds of over 21,000 often filling the seats. Even boxing and swimming can be staged in the arena's facilities. The arena has been used for the Commonwealth Games. The arena is connected to the Manchester Victoria train station, so it is easy to get to. Plenty of food stalls offer options to keep up your strength up during the big game. With our international travel planner, Manchester attractions like Manchester Arena can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Booked tickets for day 2 of the test match between England and West Indies, 18th Aug 2017. Paid £157 for 2 tickets, not having been to Edgbaston before expected these to be in premium stand position. ...  more »
  • Massive place. Unless you can afford the decent seats it's a waste of money to sit in the outer reaches...artists are just a blurr. ..sound system works well enough...no problem hearing the music/lyri...  more »
  • happened upon this place by chance and really enjoyed the whole gig. pity about the tragedy that happened after  more »
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  • We've been to a couple of events here and each occasion has been fantastic. From the facilities to the friendly staff who are always willing to help you if needed. They also make a point of saying hello and wishing you a pleasant time. Transport link are excellent, bus, tram and train are right on its doorstep. Whatever your event, you will have a great evening or afternoon. Security has been tightened up now since the incident in early 2017, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time before the show starting time.
  • This is a great venue. It's huge with a great variety of shows. As there are so many stalls, shops, bars and souvenir venders you never need to queue for long. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. One guy offered to take our photo and another was helping people down the stairs. Seats are comfortable, I also enjoy seeing shows here.
  • It's an arena, so it's pretty much like any other - the sound kinda suffers for the size of the room, and it can feel a bit impersonal. That said, it's a perfectly good venue and ticks all the boxes. Great transport links.
  • Obviously there's a heightened sense and practice of security here after the bomb attack...don't take bags. The staff, security, bar and medical were superb. I myself had a severe medical issue which was recognised and dealt with professionally and with no fuss. The concert was excellent and crowd control etc was second to none.
  • Staff we're great. No baby change available though when i went but staff opened a spare viewing room for changing/feeding. Maybe could do with benches/ some seating outside the actual arena. Parking is extortionate

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