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Manchester Arena
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Former names NYNEX Arena (1995–98)
Manchester Evening News Arena (1998–2011)
Manchester Arena (2011-13; 2015-present)
Phones 4u Arena (2013–15)
Location Trinity Way
Victoria Station
Manchester, M3 1AR
Coordinates 53°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
Owner Mansford
Operator SMG Europe
Capacity 21,000
Broke ground March 1993 (1993-03)
Opened 15 July 1995 (1995-07-15)
Construction cost £52 million
(£76.3 million in 2021 pounds2018)
Architect DLA Design, Austin-Smith:Lord and Ellerbe Becket
Structural engineer Arup 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, 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 such as boxing and swimming. 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.

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