THE MANCHESTER ARENA
A packed schedule of music and sport
The Manchester Arena, Europe's largest indoor arena and formerly known as the MEN Arena, plays host to some of the North's biggest entertainment acts. When looking for hotels near the Manchester Arena, our Manchester Airport hotel makes the perfect choice.
Whether you are planning on coming to Manchester by plane, train or car, the hotel is perfectly placed for attending events at the arena. Only 8 miles from Manchester city centre, the hotel provides convenient train, bus and road connections to the Manchester Arena.
Located in the centre of Manchester and with a seating capacity of 21,000 (the highest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the United Kingdom), an event at the spectacular Manchester Arena is reason alone for a visit to the city.
Interestingly, the arena was built as part of an unsuccessful bid for the Olympics in 2000. It was originally designed as an American-style sports arena, but has ended up hosting more music than sporting events.
A legendary venueAs the MEN Arena, the venue staged some of the world’s biggest stars including U2, The Rolling Stones, Pavarotti and Madonna, and attracts over one million visitors each year. The main source of visitors is music events, and Manchester band Take That hold the record for the highest number of performances at the arena.
The arena's packed events calendar also includes live TV shows, comedians and musicals, as well as one-off professional sporting events, including boxing, wrestling and ice-skating.
Manchester’s Victoria Station provides easy access to Manchester Arena from both the airport and the city centre.
If you get back to the Radisson Blu late and fancy a bite to eat, head to the Passe Partout Bar (adjacent to the restaurant), which serves food after dark.