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Manchester Arena

Manchester's biggest live entertainment venue is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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. 

The venue has 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 the venue 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.

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