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by Yvette (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalism graduate living in the North of England.
Published October 9th 2012
One of Europe's biggest indoor venues
The Manchester Evening News Arena, more commonly known as the MEN, plays host to hundreds of live acts every year.

From the likes of Rihanna and live boxing shows to Peter Kay and Disney On Ice, the MEN is one of Europe's biggest indoor entertainment venues with something for everyone.

The MEN Arena Entrance
The MEN Arena Entrance

Located on the Manchester Victoria train station's doorstep, the MEN is in the heart of Manchester city centre which makes it accessible for all those attending an event there. There is onsite car parking which is available to all members of the public, regardless of whether you are attending an event at the MEN or not. Typically, if you are parking for an event, there is a charge of £12. Prices vary by the hour if you aren't attending an event.

Doors tend to open around two hours before acts are due to start. However, this can vary and sometimes doors open one and a half hours before the scheduled event time.

Inside the MEN, there is a wide choice of food and drink, but beware - these do not come cheap. A pint of cider inside the arena is approximately £4.50, whilst a slice of pizza is also approximately £4. The MEN's official website states no food or drink can be brought into the arena (bags are always checked upon entrance), therefore if you are peckish or fancy a drink then the only option is to buy them once you are inside. Although seeing as the MEN is centrally located, there is always the option of eating beforehand in Manchester city centre and saving yourself some money.

There are plenty toilets inside, so there are no risks of missing your show due to long, timely queues!

Inside the seating area, the arena itself is huge. With a staggering 21,000 capacity, there is bound to be a fantastic atmosphere no matter what event you are there to see! The stewards are friendly and helpful and will guide you to your seat if you have trouble finding it. One word of advice though - try not to leave it until last minute before you enter the arena. Once the lights are dimmed, it is very tricky to find your seat!
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Why? One of Europe's biggest indoor entertainment venues
Where: Manchester
Cost: Event tickets often start at £20 and upwards
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