AO Arena Manchester
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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, the venue has 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, Amir Khan and Anthony Crolla.
Manchester Arena has also played a key part in the city'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, 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.
Venue contact details and info
Name: AO Arena
Phone: 0161 950 5229
Venue short url: https://www.skiddle.com/venues/685/
Music Policy: Everything you can imagine, not just music all kinds of shows, sporting events, comedy etc.
Ambiance: Massive indoor arena
Clientele: Ranges from young children to adults depending on the event
Drinks served: Lagers, wines and selected spirits.
Disabled facilities: Disabled parking, access and toilets
Nearest Bus Stop: Many buses serve Cannon Street and Victoria stations and many more stop within easy walking distance in the city centre. If you are staying out late, night bus services on Friday and Saturday nights run directly past the Manchester Evening News Arena
Address: Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1AR
Type of venue: Live
Dress code: No dresscode
Opening hours: Doors for performances open at 06.00pm and finish at 11.00pm although this varies depending upon the event
Food served: Selection of snacks
Parking: The on-site multi-storey car park is run by NCP and has capacity for 900 vehicles. Although there is a fee, there is an area on the ground floor - approximately 58 spaces - which is reserved for disabled customers
Nearest Train Station: Manchester Victoria