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Report - Manchester Evening News Arena - March 2010



Appo

MCR
28DL Full Member
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Visited with Nckt

The Manchester Evening News Arena or M.E.N. Arena (commonly referred to as just The M.E.N. or simply Manchester Arena) is a large indoor arena in Manchester, England. It is currently sponsored by the Manchester Evening News and has a capacity of 3,000 to a maximum capacity of 23,000 depending on the event being staged, making it one of the largest indoor arenas in Europe. It was opened in 1995, and was initially sponsored by NYNEX (a British cable television provider, as opposed to the NYNEX Corporation, a telephone service provider in the United States) as the NYNEX Arena. The Arena took its current name in 1998 after the NYNEX brand name had disappeared as a result of a merger with Mercury Communications in 1997.

The M.E.N. Arena is one of the world's busiest indoor arenas and concert venue.The arena was built to coincide with Manchester's two bids to host the Olympic games in 1996 and 2000 (which were won by Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000).

The M.E.N. Arena was one of the first indoor venues in Europe to be built following the traditionally American sports arena layout of 360 degree seating, and is the only arena in the UK to have this feature (London's O2 Arena also has 360 degrees seating, but only in one tier, whereas the M.E.N. arena features it on both tiers). Other European indoor venues built to the same concept include the Kölnarena in Cologne, Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Spaladium Arena in Split, Belgrade Arena in Belgrade, O2 arena in Prague, Color Line Arena in Hamburg, and similarly The O2 arena in London.

The M.E.N.'s seating capacity is one of Europe's most dynamic for an indoor venue. It is often chosen by touring acts because its design and layout makes the venue ideal for any type of performance. One day the arena could host an ice rink, the next day a concert, the next day a basketball match. The seating is split into an upper tier (bowl) and a lower tier, separated by 35 hospitality suites.

After a good relaxed night on River Street we decied to head into the centre of Manchester with higher aspects ... The M.E.N.

After a ten minute wait Next to the access point we decided it was time to make our way to the roof. As we where both virgins to the Arena we kept quiet and reached the highest point of the roof. after fifteen minutes up there we headed lower down to the window over the main entrance.

five minutes passed and we where on our way back down buzzing and gagging for more rooftops but as it goes we ended up having an evening of Pro Hobo Urbex with Gone, Rookie, and JimmyHalfway.

Anyway enough of the boring stuff on with the pictures :popcorn

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Cheers Appo
 

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