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The Rolling Stones European Tour 2003

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These pages will supply information about the cities the Stones will be visiting this summer. To read about each individual city please select the actual city link in the IORR travel guide pages. If you have information for these pages please send e-mail to [email protected].

Nearest big city


How to get to the city

From London by train. Traffic on the M6 road from the south is horrendous. From Glasgow by road (M6). Or fly to Manchester directly.

How to get to the venue

The Manchester Evening News Arena is located in the City Centre, on the corner of Trinity Way, Hunts Bank and Great Ducie Street, and is adjacent to Victoria Station.

Travel information

If travelling by car, the Manchester Evening News Arena is situated on the A56, 3 miles from Junction 17 of the M62.

A 1,500 capacity on-site multi-storey car park, and approximately 7,000 spaces within 500 metres, serve the Manchester Evening News Arena.

Public Transport
If you're planning a trip to the MEN Arena - day or night - then you'll find public transport is the best way to travel from all over Greater Manchester, and beyond. The Manchester Evening News Arena is one of the easiest places to get to by public transport; bus, train and trams drop you only minutes away from the entrance.

Buses: Many buses serve Cannon Street and Victoria bus stations and many more stop within easy walking distance in the city centre. If you're staying out late then Nightbus services on Friday and Saturday nights run directly past the Manchester Evening News Arena.

Trams: Manchester's excellent Metrolink systems passes right by the Manchester Evening News Arena, stopping at Victoria. Services run from Bury, Altrincham and Manchester Piccadilly rail station, with connections to Eccles.

Trains: Victoria rail station is directly underneath the Manchester Evening News Arena and Piccadilly rail station is only a short Metrolink ride to Victoria Metrolink tram stop.

For information about all the services featured - and lots more besides - visit the GMPTE website. All the info you will ever need is at including an online journey planner. Alternatively you can ring 0161-228 7811 (8am to 8pm, seven days a week).

Venue maps

MEN Location Map

MEN Seating Plans

Although the Manchester Olympic 2000 bid was unsuccessful, it did bring about the building of the Manchester Evening News Arena - Europe's largest indoor concert venue.

Located within 60 minutes drive-time of 11.4 million people, Manchester Evening News Arena was built alongside Manchester's Victoria Station by Vector Investments, with direct access to a hub of public and private transport services and adjacent to a 1,500 capacity multi-storey car park.

The Arena was officially opened on Saturday 15 July 1995 when Torvill & Dean broke the UK box office attendance record for a single ice performance with over 15,000 fans. In its first operational year the venue's target of 130 events, attracting 1 million people was easily exceeded, with over 1.2 million people entertained at 143 events.

The venue's versatility has meant that it can be transformed from an intimate theatre environment for 3,000 to a state-of-the-art arena capable of accommodating 21,000

Recommended hotels


CITY CENTRE : for Novotel/Ibis

Luxury near venue: Ramada Renaissance

5*: The Midland (Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza), The Lowry

Recommended bars/restaurants

La Tasca (spanish) Deansgate

Tiger, Tiger

Meeting place for fans

City map

Lonely Planet Manchester

Tourist links


Other local events

Manchester United Football Club



Thanks to mSteven Jump for information!

For more Stones news see IORR 47 of April 2003!

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