Manchester Arena

event arena in Manchester, England

The Manchester Arena is an indoor arena in Hunts Bank, Manchester, England. It is just north of the city centre, and is above Manchester Victoria station.

Manchester Arena
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Former namesNYNEX Arena (1995–98)
Manchester Evening News Arena (1998–2011)
Manchester Arena (2011-13; 2015-present)
Phones 4u Arena (2013–15)
LocationTrinity Way
Victoria Station
Manchester, M3 1AR
Coordinates53°29′17″N 2°14′38″W / 53.48806°N 2.24389°W / 53.48806; -2.24389Coordinates: 53°29′17″N 2°14′38″W / 53.48806°N 2.24389°W / 53.48806; -2.24389
Broke groundMarch 1993 (1993-03)
Opened15 July 1995 (1995-07-15)
OperatorSMG Europe
Construction cost£52 million
(£104 million in 2020 pounds[1])
ArchitectDLA Design, Austin-Smith:Lord and Ellerbe Becket
Structural engineerArup Group Limited
TenantsManchester Giants (BBL) (1995–2001)
Manchester Storm (BISL, BJL) (1995–2002)
Manchester Phoenix (EIHL) (2003–04)

The arena has the most seats of any indoor venue in the United Kingdom, and second largest in the European Union with a capacity of 21,000. It hosts music and sporting events such as boxing and swimming.[2] The arena was a key part of Manchester's bids to host the Olympic Games in 1996 and 2000 and was eventually used for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

On 22 May 2017, 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert in the arena.[3]


  1. UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Measuring Worth: UK CPI.
  2. "Manchester Evening News arena". Retrieved on 28 March 2008.
  3. "Manchester terror attack". Retrieved 2018-06-30.

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