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The Manchester Evening News Arena or M.E.N. 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?21,000. It was opened in 1995, and was initially sponsored by NYNEX (a British cable television provider) 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.

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The M.E.N. Arena was also named "Busiest Arena Venue In The World", based on ticket sales for concerts in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 beating competition from other indoor arena's including New York's Madison Square Garden and London's Wembley Arena. The Arena has also been named the 'World's Busiest Arena' of the last 5 years (2001-2007) based solely on ticket sales for concerts attracting 5 and a half million customers to concerts.
The M.E.N. Arena is currently Europe's largest indoor arena. 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 arena layout of 360 degree seating. Other European indoor venues built to the same concept are the K?lnarena in Cologne, Sazka Arena in Prague, Color Line Arena in Hamburg, and The O2 (or the Millennium Dome).
The M.E.N.'s seating capacity is one of Europe's most flexible. It is often chosen by touring acts because its design and layout makes the venue ideal for any type of performance. The seating is split into an upper tier (bowl) and a lower tier, separated by 44 hospitality suites.
The M.E.N. Arena has attracted a huge number of customers since opening its doors in 1995, as it is the largest indoor arena in the country. The venue attracts over a million customers each year for concerts and family shows alone, making the venue one of the world's busiest indoor arena's, in regard to this the M.E.N. Arena was named "International Venue Of The Year" in 2001 by concert industry insiders in the 'Pollstar' awards, and was nominated in the same category in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
The M.E.N. Arena has been the home of three sports teams: the Manchester Storm and Manchester Phoenix ice hockey teams, and the Manchester Giants basketball team. However, with limited success, as the arena is not currently the home of any sports teams.
Boxers such as Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson, Jeff Lacy, Kostya Tszyu and other world champions have fought there. Hatton became a regular and favorite of the M.E.N. Arena. Other ring events held there include WWE No Mercy 1999. On October 26, 2002 it hosted the SmackDown! a WWE rebellion. Also on October 11, 2004, it hosted the first ever RAW that was filmed in Europe, and was followed the next day by a taping of WWE SmackDown!.
RAW and SmackDown! returned to the M.E.N. Arena on November 13 and November 14, 2006. The M.E.N. Arena hosted the mixed martial arts event UFC 70 on April 21, 2007. The World Taekwondo Qualification Event for the Bejing Olympic Games was held at the Arena on September 28-20 2007 at this event 103 countries competed for 24 places at the Beijing Oympic Games in 2008.
The arena was also used by Manchester United when they won the Champions League in 1999. The arena was the final destination of their bus tour which saw United parading the trophy to around 750,000 fans across Manchester, including 19,500 fans in the arena itself.
Popular Manchester based band James played their "final" show in 2001 with lead singer Tim Booth at the arena. They have since reformed, and played there again in April 2007.
In 1996 British boyband Take That played ten consecutive nights at the venue with 142,000 tickets being sold.
Australian dance-pop singer Kylie Minogue is the female who has played the venue the most times. She played six shows as part of her KylieFever tour in 2002. She played the venue again for five consecutive nights as part of her Showgirl Tour in 2005. She also performed at both TOTP award shows in 2001 and 2002, and performed alongside Robbie Williams as his special guest in 2000 to sing their duet Kids.
She ended her 'Homecoming World Tour' with 7 shows in January 2007. Kylie will return to the M.E.N Arena in July 2008 for 5 nights as part of her KylieX2008 tour meaning she will have headlined the venue 23 times in 7 years. As of 2007 she has sold over 275,000 tickets (average 14,474 per show) making a total of 26 appearances at the venue.
British comedian Peter Kay worked as a steward at the arena before becoming famous. This was spoofed in "That Peter Kay Thing". Kay also entered the stadium from the back, passing through the crowd, dressed in a distinctive yellow steward's jacket, on the last night of his sell-out "Mum Wants A Bungalow" UK tour.

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