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Manchester Evening News Shares Arena Memories

01 Jul 2015
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Over the next 15 days our friends over at the Manchester Evening News will be sharing some key moments in Manchester Arena history as we count down until our official 20th anniversary day on 15 July 2015. 

We'll be sharing their articles, so keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for stories and share your own Manchester Arena memories! 

1 July: Who was the first stand-up comic to play the venue?

Peter Kay held the final show of his Mum Wants a Bungalow Tour here on 1 July 2003, making him the first comedian to perform here.

Read the article in full here

2 July: Family Shows

We've held some spectacular shows for all the family over the years, from Rugrats Live, to High School Musical, Glee The Musical and more! Let's not forget our annual Disney On Ice show (this year it's Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment). The Manchester Evening News have put together a list of some of the best  - what did you come and see?

Read the article in full here

9 July: Who performed to the biggest crowd?

Manchester Arena has a maximum capacity of 21,000, making it the largest indoor arenas in Europe. We change the layout of the Arena based on the show so we rarely have the space for all 21,000 people, but in our 20 year history we have had some huge crowds in here! Can you guess which artists have staged the biggest shows here by capcity? 

Manchester Evening News has the top five in their latest article. Read it to find out more

9 July: What was Manchester Arena's biggest sporting event?

Manchester Arena has always been a home of sporting greatness and we've hosted all kinds of athletic events, from ice hockey to basketball, wrestling and boxing. But what sport draws the biggest crowds? The Manchester Evening News has the answer in their latest feature celebrating our 20 year history. 

Find out about Manchester Arena's biggest sporting events.

13 July: What was Manchester Arena's most unusual event?

From the Dalai Lama, to Celebrity Boxing featuring Jodie Marsh, we've had some weird and wonderful events at Manchester Arena over the years! 

Check out Manchester Evening News' round up of the best.