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Arena's world's top venue

Rachel Brown
10/ 8/2007

THE  M.E.N. Arena is the top-selling venue in the world.

Its tickets sales over the last five years have topped a whopping five million.

It has also been named best seller for 2007, beating competition from venues such as London's Wembley Arena and New York's Madison Square Garden.

The 20,000-capacity venue is the largest in Europe and was also recently voted best venue by performers.

In recent years sell out performances include superstars Beyonce, the Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand (pictured).

Ms Streisand made her Manchester debut at the venue last month, playing to more than 14,000 people backed by a 58-piece orchestra.

Arena spokesman John Knight said: "For a venue in the north of England to achieve this record speaks volumes about the reputation of the arena itself and the progress Manchester has made as a world class city."

Madison Square Garden

Ticket sales so far this year total 604,562 beating Madison Square Garden with 579,511 and Wembley with more than 575,269, according to the Pollstar report. Dublin's The Point and the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada are also in the top five.

This year, more than 90 artists will play the arena including eagerly anticipated comebacks from Take That and The Police.

Other highlights include Glastonbury headliners The Killers and Kaiser Chiefs, rising stars Arcade Fire and soul legends The Temptations.

Sell out gigs so far this year have included Kylie, whose ticket sales grossed £2m when she played back in 2002, and Manchester band James.

Charity concert Versus Cancer in March, which raised money for Manchester charities, featured an acoustic performance from Noel Gallagher. And boxer Mike Tyson made his debut there in 2000 - with tickets priced up to £1,000.

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   Lets hope the congestion charge doesn't put off too many visitors!!!
Rob (Manchester Against Road Tolls) www.manchestertolltax.com, Denton
11/08/2007 at 08:42
   Let's not forget that the Arena was initially built for the Olympics/Commonwealth Games.

Another fine example of how Manchester thought about what to do with these venues and how to make them last, and make money, from the event it was built for. The City of Manchester Stadium, the MEN Arena, the pool on Oxford Road. I hope London's learning some lessons here!
10/08/2007 at 22:36
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