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The Manchester Arena (M.E.N) in September 2011 Aug 18
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The Manchester Arena is also known as the M.E.N or the Manchester Evening News Arena. Next to the Manchester Victoria station, it’s a large indoor arena located in the city centre. It was called “the world’s busiest arena” in 2007 because it earned the most ticket sales of similar arenas in the world. It’s also the largest indoor arena in Europe, with a seating capacity of 21,000.

The M.E.N. is hosting all kinds of exciting events in the month of September, starting off with the Selco Masters Cup Grand Final on 4th September. Tickets to this great football match cost £10.00 & £15.00. The following week, on the 11th, Dolly Parton will perform at the M.E.N. Tickets to her show cost between £50.00 and £67.50. It will cost you £30.00 to see comedian and talk show host Alan Carr on the 16th and 17th September. Following on his spectacular 2010 success in Manchester, comedian Peter Kay will return with another 20-night gig, starting on 27th September. Tickets for Kay’s “Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour” will cost £35.00.

The M.E.N.’s September schedule is a good representation of the kind of events it holds: concerts, comic performances, and sporting events. It’s one of the first indoor arenas in Europe to follow the traditional American sports layout of 360 degree seating in all tiers. Today, the M.E.N. hosts over 250 events per year, and attracts over a million customer a year, making it TIP Awards “Europe’s Favourite Arena” in 2008.

The M.E.N. is no stranger to sports, either. It’s regularly used for one-time events and championships like the football final that will take place there in September. It also hosts boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts, swimming, ice hockey, monster truck racing, darts, basketball, and other Olympic sports. The arena was built in the hopes that it would host the 2000 Olympics; it lost that bid, but will feature prominently in the 2012 London Olympics.

The M.E.N. is next to the Victoria train station, so the best way to get there is by train. A Metrolink tram stop is also located in the train station. Several bus routes also run to the area. If you’re driving, prepare for delays immediately following events, since everyone tries to leave at the same time. There are many smaller car parks located around the city’s centre, as well as on-street parking. If you are planning on attending an event in this amazing venue and need a hotel, check out the Jurys Inn range of hotels in Manchester.

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