The Manchester Arena is an indoor arena in Manchester, England, immediately north of the city centre and partly above Manchester Victoria station in air rights space.
The arena has the highest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the United Kingdom, and second largest in the European Union with a capacity of 21,000 and is one of the world’s busiest indoor arenas, hosting 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.
The arena was closed following a bombing on 22 May 2017, in which a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 250 more at the end of Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour. Shows that were scheduled to be at the arena were moved to alternative venues, or some cancelled. The arena reopened on 9 September for a special benefit concert headlined by locally-born Noel Gallagher
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