9th FINA World Swimming Championships 2008 9th-13th april / M.E.N. Arena / Manchester HOME
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Manchester Evening News Arena

The Manchester Evening News Arena is one of Europe's largest indoor arenas and the world’s most popular concert venue.

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The likes of Madonna, U2, Take That and Luciano Pavarotti have sold out this amazing venue, which also regularly plays host to international boxing, basketball, netball and ice hockey events. However 2008 will see a first as two temporary pools filled with two million litres of water will cover the arena floor for the staging of the 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

The arena opened in 1995 when over 15,000 fans watched as ice skaters Torvil and Dean broke the attendance record for a single ice performance. Since then it has gone on to host a huge variety of events and was voted ‘International Venue of the Year’ four years in a row between 2001 and 2004.

Some of the arena’s highlights over the years include:

• Take That performing ten nights in a row in 1996 to a total of 140,000 people

• Manchester United celebrating winning the ‘treble’ in 1999

• Mike Tyson’s UK debut fight in 2000

• Kylie Minogue breaking box office records in 2002 with her ‘Fever’ tour

However despite the success of the arena it has never before played host to international swimming…until now!