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MANCHESTER ARENA PLACES IN BILLBOARD’S TOP THREE 2014 INTERNATIONAL ARENAS

Posted on 24 Dec 2014

Manchester Arena (formerly Phones 4u Arena, Manchester) has been officially recognised as the third busiest venue in the world during 2014.

The findings, announced this week by music industry bible Billboard, reports 1,045,783 attendees across 122 events (total gross $70,888,011) for the SMG Europe venue in the publication’s 15,000+ capacity category.

The Manchester venue welcomed over 175,000 more concertgoers than fourth-placed Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and was beaten only by arenas in New York and London.

John Sharkey, Executive Vice President of SMG’s European Operations, added:

“We’re delighted to be in such a strong position as we enter our 20th anniversary year.

“We’ve seen some incredible events in 2014 – including sold-out residencies by Michael Buble, Beyonce, Prince and Ed Sheeran – and we’re now looking forward to keeping this momentum going as we prepare for a very busy start to 2015.

“In February alone, a typically quiet time for arenas, we’re staging 19 nights of events - 15 of which have already sold-out.”

Later in the year the Manchester venue will welcome sold-out shows by Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, One Direction and Lionel Richie, plus the return of hometown heroes Take That for an impressive nine-night residency.