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The Manchester Phones 4 U Arena or Manchester Evening News Arena or M.E.N. Arena (commonly referred to as just The M.E.N. or simply Manchester Arena) is a large indoor arena in Manchester, England. It is currently sponsored by the Manchester Evening News and has a capacity of 3,000 to a maximum capacity of 23,000 depending on the event being staged, making it one of the largest indoor arenas in Europe.

It was opened in 1995, and was initially sponsored by NYNEX CableComms (a British cable television provider, part of the NYNEX Corporation, a telephone service provider in the United States) as the NYNEX Arena. The Arena took its current name in 1998 after the NYNEX brand name had disappeared as a result of a merger with Cable & Wireless Communications in 1997.

The M.E.N. Arena is one of the world's busiest indoor arenas and concert venue. The arena was built to coincide with Manchester's two bids to host the Olympic games in 1996 and 2000 (which were won by Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000).

The M.E.N. Arena was one of the first indoor venues in Europe to be built following the traditionally American sports arena layout of 360 degree seating, and is the only arena in the UK to have this feature (London's O2 Arena also has 360 degrees seating, but only on its lower tier, whereas the M.E.N. Arena features it on both tiers). Other European indoor venues built to the same concept include the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Spaladium Arena in Split, Belgrade Arena in Belgrade, O2 Arena in Prague, O2 World Hamburg in Hamburg, and The O2 in London.


Date Event Attendance
May 16, 1999 No Mercy 1999 (UK) 18,107
November 3, 2001 Rebellion 2001 15,612
October 26, 2002 Rebellion 2002 13,416

Television Programs

Date Event
November 15, 2000 Thunder
October 11, 2004 RAW
October 14, 2004 SmackDown
November 13, 2006 RAW
November 14, 2006 ECW
November 17, 2006 SmackDown
November 10, 2008 RAW
November 11, 2008 ECW
November 14, 2008 SmackDown
November 21, 2008 SmackDown
November 8, 2010 RAW
November 9, 2010 NXT
November 12, 2010 SmackDown
January 31, 2013 iMPACT Wrestling
February 7, 2013 iMPACT Wrestling
November 11, 2013 RAW
November 13, 2013 Main Event
November 15, 2013 SmackDown
January 31, 2014 iMPACT Wrestling
January 30, 2015 iMPACT Wrestling
November 9, 2015 RAW
November 12, 2015 SmackDown
January 29, 2016

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