Dancing On Ice - The Final Tour 2014
Performing: Torvill And Dean
Phones 4u Arena
Manchester Arena, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1AR
Approx. capacity: 21000
The Manchester Arena is an indoor arena situated in Manchester, England. The arena is situated on Hunts Bank and is connected to Manchester Victoria station. The arena opened in 1995 sponsored by NYNEX CableComms as the NYNEX Arena and was renamed the Manchester Evening News Arena in 1998. The Manchester Evening News ended its 13 year sponsorship at the end of 2011 and the arena was renamed the Manchester Arena in 2012. The Manchester arena is amongst the largest indoor arenas in the European Union with a capacity of 21,000 and is one of the world's busiest indoor arenas, hosting music and sporting events such as boxing and swimming.The arena was a key part of Manchester's bids to host the Olympic Games in 1996 and 2000 and was eventually used for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The Manchester Arena was constructed as part of the city's unsuccessful bid for the 2000 Summer Olympics. Construction cost 52 million pounds of which 35.5m pounds was provided by government grants and 2.5m pounds from the European Regional Development Fund. Although built as an American style sports arena it has been more successful hosting large music events. On the opening night, 15,000 spectators watched Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean perform; the crowd was a record for an ice event. Attendance records were set in 1997 when 17,425 people watched Manchester Storm play Sheffield Steelers, a record for an ice hockey match in Europe. When 14,151 people watched Manchester Giants play London Leopards, it set a British record for attendance at a basketball match. The venue attracts over a million customers each year for concerts and family shows, making it one of the world's busiest indoor arenas, and was named "International Venue Of The Year" in 2002 in the 'Pollstar' awards, and was nominated in the same category in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The arena was named "Busiest Arena Venue In The World", based on ticket sales for concerts in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 ahead of other indoor arenas including the Madison Square Garden and Wembley Arena. The arena was the 'World's Busiest Arena' from 2001 until 2007 based on ticket sales for concerts, attracting five and a half million customers. It was voted 'Europe's Favourite Arena' at the TIP Awards in 2008 by the touring companies that bring the shows to the venue. In 2008, the arena was world's third busiest arena behind London's O2 Arena and New York's Madison Square Garden. In 2009, it was the world's second busiest arena behind London's O2 Arena and ahead of Antwerp's Sportpaleis and Madison Square Garden. Although second to London's O2 Arena the Manchester Arena had its busiest year with over 1,500,000 people attending concerts and family shows. The arena hosts over 250 events annually including comedy, live music and tours, sporting events, and occasionally musicals.
Manchester's excellent Metrolink systems passes right by the Manchester Arena, stopping at Victoria. Services run from Bury, Altrincham and Manchester Piccadilly rail station, with connections to Eccles. Manchester Arena and Piccadilly rail station is only a short Metrolink ride to Victoria Metrolink tram stop. To plan a journey with Northern Rail visit http://www.northernrail.org/journey/planner/MCV
If travelling by car, the Manchester Arena is situated on the A56, 3 miles from Junction 17 of the M62. The Manchester 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. For Sat Nav systems the postcode is M3 1AR.
For cheaper, easier travel to Manchester Arena events and back, pre-book a cab by visiting https://www.minicabit.com.
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 Arena. Manchester's free city centre Metroshuttle service also links Victoria station with other areas of the centre.
The on-site multi-storey car park is operated and managed by NCP Manchester and has a capacity of 900. In addition, approximately 3,500 recognised NCP spaces within 10 minutes walk serve the Manchester Arena. Please beware of unauthorised car parks and street parking. They advise anyone with walking difficulties to arrive as early as possible and use the NCP car parks at the Arena, Shudehill or the Printworks.
Number of Steps
The Accessibility Co-ordinator can check the general arena for seats to suit individual needs, for example ticket availability for seats close to the stage for the visually impaired. The second raised tier of seating (BLK 201 and above) requires the negotiation of steep steps and so may not be suitable for the elderly, infirm or those with mobility problems. Seating at the front of the upper tier is 35ft (10m) from ground, rising to 70ft (20m) at the rear. You can contact the Accessibility co-ordinator by telephone on 0161 950 5229, by fax 0161 950 6008 or email email@example.com
They have a number of areas within the auditorium that offer access to wheelchair users and their companions. For more information or to book tickets please call the Accessibility line on 0161 950 5229.
There is a loop system fitted into disabled platform 105.
The arena does allow guide dogs. You need to contact them to arrange this before going to an event.
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You can contact the Accessibility co-ordinator for information and bookings by telephone on 0161 950 5229, by fax 0161 950 6008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doors Open: 6:30PM
More information about Dancing On Ice tickets
Under 14 must be accompanied and no under 14s go on the floor for standing floor shows.
Children shows allow babes in arms up to 23 months however some shows specifically targeted at younger audiences require a ticket for anyone attending the performance. Dancing on Ice Final Live Tour 2014 is delighted to announce that Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, Broadway and West End theatre star Bonnie Langford, actress Suzanne Shaw and singer Gareth Gates will complete the celebrity line up. They will join singer and West End star Ray Quinn, former England Rugby Captain Kyran Bracken, Coronation Street's Hayley Tamaddon and comedian Joe Pasquale on this final tour.
Alongside this great line up of celebrities, the tour sees the return of the original TV judges. Olympic gold medal winner Robin Cousins who will head the panel along with former professional skaters Karen Barber and Nicky Slater. They will be on hand to give their expert feedback and all important scores to the celebrities and their skating partners.
The four week UK tour will start on 28th March at the Manchester Phones 4 U Arena before visiting London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham and culminating in Leeds on 27th April at the First Direct Arena. Fans will see their favourite skating couples competing live for the judges' votes and the audience can use their mobile phones to text vote for their favourite celebrity to win. Audience votes will then be added to the scores from the judges to decide the overall celebrity winner. The winning couple will then take to the ice for a magical finale performance of Bolero. All of the celebrities will be trained and choreographed by Torvill & Dean. Jayne and Chris who will also perform routines choreographed exclusively for the live tour, including a final performance of their legendary Bolero routine.
On announcing her place on the tour, Britain's greatest ever female gymnast Beth Tweddle said; "I'm excited to be joining the tour, having had such a wonderful experience on the TV show. I absolutely love skating and want to continue for as long as I can. Having competed as a gymnast for over 12 years, learning to skate has been a challenge, but one that I've loved and I can't wait to perform some of my favourite routines in front of the live audiences across the country!"
Broadway and West End theatre star Bonnie Langford commented; "Having been in the first series of Dancing on Ice, nine years ago and the final series, I'm thrilled to be going back on tour with Torvill & Dean. I had a ball last time round, so I'm delighted to be able to relive the magic of the TV show in front of arena audiences across the country."
Actress Suzanne Shaw said; "Winning Dancing on Ice in 2008 was such an amazing moment and I really enjoyed the tour afterwards. Being part of the final tour, with the brilliant Matt Evers, will be the perfect way to celebrate what has been one of the best experiences of my life - I can't wait to return!"
Multimillion selling singer and now one part of the ITV2 Big Reunion super group 5th Story, Gareth Gates said: "I've loved this series, so I'm glad I don't have to hang up my skates just yet - can't wait to get on the tour and skate all around the country! We're going to have a lot of fun."
The professional skaters on the Dancing on Ice The Final Tour; Maria Filippov dancing with Ray Quinn, Nina Ulanova dancing with Kyran Bracken; Daniel Whiston dancing with Hayley Tamaddon; Robin Johnstone dancing with Joe Pasquale; Lukasz Rozycki dancing with Beth Tweddle; Andrei Lipanov dancing with Bonnie Langford: Matt Evers dancing with Suzanne Shaw; and Brianne Delcourt dancing with Gareth Gates.
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