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Manchester Arena Celebrates 20th Anniversary Year

15 Jan 2015
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2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Manchester’s biggest live entertainment venue and as part of the celebrations we have officially changed our name to Manchester Arena.

Manchester Arena General Manager, James Allen, said: “We’ve been a big part of Manchester’s economic and cultural landscape for the last two decades and it’s now time to celebrate our position within the city. Although we are talking to potential new sponsors, we thought the start of our 20th year was the perfect opportunity to return to our traditional name and celebrate our Mancunian heritage.”

“Since  we opened in July 1995 we’ve sold over 20 million tickets, hosted the biggest names in live entertainment and won awards around the world. However, most importantly, we’ve made memories for millions of live music fans which we’ll be sharing throughout the year.”

From today, Thursday 15 January, the Arena will operate under its new name and will launch a new campaign marking 20 years in Manchester. Find out more about the #WeAreManchester campaign

Over the last 20 years Manchester Arena has staged the biggest names in live entertainment including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and the record-breaking 2010/2011 residency by local comedian Peter Kay (set to return later this month for a 15 night sold-out run of Phoenix Nights Live).

We have also showcased events by local bands Oasis, Elbow, New Order, James, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, M People, Doves, The Inspiral Carpets, The Verve and The Courteeners, plus Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Simply Red and Take That, all of whom return to Manchester Arena in 2015.

In addition to live music, the 21,000 capacity venue has also staged some of the biggest events in the UK sporting calendar including several 2002 Commonwealth Games events, the 2012 Olympic basketball warm-up match between team USA and GB, the 2008 FINA World Swimming Championships and international boxing bouts by Mike Tyson, David Haye, Joe Calzaghe and local champions Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan. The Arena also supported professional basketball (Manchester Giants) and ice hockey (Manchester Storm and Manchester Phoenix) in the city.

Managed and operated by SMG Europe, Manchester Arena is one of the busiest venues in the world and one of the largest indoor arenas in Europe. Attracting over one million visitors each year, the venue is also a former winner of the industry's prestigious ‘International Venue of the Year’ award.

Keep up to date with all 20th anniversary celebrations by following us on Twitter @mcrarena and liking us on Facebook /manchesterarena