The Manchester Arena is a large indoor arena in Manchester, UK England. It is currently sponsored by the Manchester Evening News and has a capacity of 3,000-21,000. It was opened in 1995, and was initially sponsored by NYNEX (a British cable television provider, as opposed to the NYNEX Corporation, a telephone service provider in the United States) as the NYNEX Arena. The arena was renamed the Manchester Arena in 2012.
Manchester M.E.N. Arena was one of the first indoor venues in Europe to be built following the traditionally American arena layout of 360 degree seating. Other European indoor venues built to the same concept are the Kölnarena in Cologne, Sazka Arena in Prague, Color Line Arena in Hamburg, and The O2 (formerly the Millennium Dome). The M.E.N.’s seating capacity is one of Europe’s most flexible. It is often chosen by touring acts because its design and layout makes the venue ideal for any type of performance. The seating is split into an upper tier (bowl) and a lower tier, separated by 44 hospitality suites.