Manchester Arena

Coordinates: 53°29′17″N 2°14′38″W / 53.48806°N 2.24389°W / 53.48806; -2.24389
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Manchester Arena
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; -2.24389
OperatorSMG Europe
StartedMarch 1993 (1993-03)
Opened15 July 1995 (1995-07-15)
Construction cost£52 million
(£107 million in 2024 pounds[1])
ArchitectDLA Design, Austin-Smith:Lord and Ellerbe Becket
Structural engineerArup Group Limited
Manchester Giants (BBL) (1995–2001)
Manchester Storm (BISL, BJL) (1995–2002)
Manchester Phoenix (EIHL) (2003–04)

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

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 including 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 an Islamist suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert in the arena.[3]

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  1. UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Measuring Worth: UK CPI.
  2. "Manchester Evening News arena". Archived from the original on 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2017-05-22. Retrieved on 28 March 2008.
  3. "Manchester terror attack". Retrieved 2018-06-30.

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