Echo Arena Liverpool

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M&S Bank Arena
M&S Bank Arena logo.png
Echo Arena Liverpool at night.jpg
The arena at night with previous branding (2008)
Former names Echo Arena Liverpool (2008–2019)
Location Arena and Convention Centre, King's Dock, Liverpool, England
Coordinates 53°23′48″N 2°59′27.45″W / 53.39667°N 2.9909583°W / 53.39667; -2.9909583Coordinates: 53°23′48″N 2°59′27.45″W / 53.39667°N 2.9909583°W / 53.39667; -2.9909583
Owner Liverpool City Council
Capacity 11,000 (arena)
7,000 (Space)
1,350 (The Auditorium)
Opened January 2008
Construction cost £164 million[1]
Architect Wilkinson Eyre
Project manager Davis Langdon, An AECOM Company
Structural engineer Buro Happold
Mersey Tigers (BBL) (2008–2010)
British Gymnastics (2011–present)

The M&S Bank Arena (previously Echo Arena Liverpool) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the city centre of Liverpool, England. The venue hosts live music, comedy performances and sporting events, and forms half of ACC Liverpool complex located on the former King's Dock. The BT Convention Centre forms the other half of the complex.[2]

Architecture and design

The Echo Arena soon after completion (2008)

The ACC Liverpool complex as a whole was designed by Wilkinson Eyre architects[3] and Sport Concepts. There are six dressing rooms, five team locker rooms and two promoter offices within the arena.[3] Vehicles weighing up to 38 tonnes can gain access to the basement of the arena.[3] The complex has a BREEAM rating of "very good".[3]

M&S Bank Arena has a capacity of 11,000 and 22 hospitality boxes, making the venue the 11th largest in the United Kingdom in terms of capacity. The venue's 1,600-capacity car park has been closed since a major fire in 2017, but has been replaced temporarily by a 550-capacity car park.[4] A nine-storey, 1,650-capacity car park facility is due to be constructed.


The venue opened its doors on 12 January 2008 as the Echo Arena Liverpool, with the official opening ceremony for the Capital of Culture. The ceremony launched a year-long celebration and signified the culmination of a decade of regeneration in the city. The show, named 'Liverpool the Musical', featured 700 performers and took 15,000 hours to organise.[5]

Since opening, the arena has attracted 6.6 million visitors to over 3,500 events, as well as generating £1.5 billion in economic benefit for the Liverpool City Region.[6] Artists including Kiss,[7][8] Diana Ross,[9] Westlife,[10] Little Mix,[11] Paul McCartney,[12] Noel Gallagher,[13] Kylie Minogue,[14] Paloma Faith, Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel, The Eagles, Lady Gaga, Gloria Estefan, Oasis, The Killers, Nickelback, Nicki Minaj Queen + Paul Rodgers, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, Iron Maiden, The Prodigy[15] Girls Aloud have performed at the venue, with the latter performing their final concert together here.[16] Award ceremonies such as the MOBO Awards, 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, Davis Cup tennis, the GB Judo World Cup and European Team Badminton Championships have also taken place at the M&S Bank Arena.

In November 2018, it was announced that the Echo Arena Liverpool would be renamed to its current title, as part of a sponsorship deal with M&S Bank. The name took effect from early 2019, with the Liverpool Echo continuing as a business partner of the arena.[17][18]

Space by M&S Bank Arena

In September 2015, the opening of sister venue Exhibition Centre Liverpool resulted in the ACC complex being able to offer a broader offer for standing concerts and international sporting events. This venue features 'Space by M&S Bank Arena', a new 7,000-capacity arena that is sub-divisible into three interlinked halls.[19]


2017 car park fire

On the evening of 31 December 2017, a fire broke out in an adjacent multi-storey car park and as a consequence, the Liverpool International Horse Show, taking place at the arena, had to be cancelled.[20] Around 80 horses were safely evacuated from temporary stabling built on the ground floor level of the car park, and held on the arena floor and the land surrounding the building. The fire continued into the small hours of 1 January 2018.[21][22] Virtually all of the 1,400 cars there were destroyed, but no serious harm to people or horses was reported.[20]

Death of Eric Bristow

On 5 April 2018, after attending a Premier League Darts event, darts legend Eric Bristow collapsed in front of the venue due to a heart attack and later died.[23]

Transportation links

Direct public transport to the M&S Bank Arena is by bus. James Street railway station is a short walk away and is served by the Merseyrail Wirral Line. The station is two stops away from Liverpool Lime Street mainline station via the city's underground Loop Line.

The arena is situated opposite the portal of the now disused Wapping Tunnel which runs from Edge Hill in the east of the city. There have been calls to reuse the 1.26 miles (2.03 km) tunnel with a station serving the arena and immediate docks on the site of the demolished Park Lane station which was at the end of the tunnel.

In August 2009, the Liverpool Daily Post reported that a new tram-train link from Edge Hill in the east of the city to the arena at Kings Dock is being considered.[24]

See also


  1. ^ Liverpool, Echo Arena. "The Venue".
  2. ^ It's the Echo Arena Liverpool Echo, retrieved on 5 June 2007
  3. ^ a b c d "Liverpool Echo Arena". Emporis. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  4. ^ Thorp, Liam (21 November 2018). "The ECHO Arena car park is FINALLY being pulled down - all the key details". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Echo Arena Liverpool Opening Extravaganza". ACC Liverpool. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Facts and Figures". Echo Arena. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ "REVIEW: KISS at the ECHO arena Liverpool". Liverpool Echo. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  8. ^ "KISS Setlist". 9 Jul 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Supreme night out at the summer pops". Liverpool Echo. 29 February 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Westlife to begin national tour at ECHO arena". Liverpool Echo. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Spot yourself in Little Mix crowd as Glory Days comes to Echo Arena". Liverpool Echo. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Review: Paul McCartney at the ECHO Arena". Liverpool Echo. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Review: Noel Gallagher at the Liverpool ECHO Arena". Liverpool Echo. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Gig Review: Kylie Minogue, ECHO arena". Liverpool Echo. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  15. ^ Docking, Neil (9 November 2018). "REVIEW: The Prodigy prove every night is party night". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  16. ^ Lachno, James (21 March 2013). "Girls Aloud split up after last night of tour". The Telegraph. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  17. ^ Breslin, Maria (27 November 2018). "Liverpool's waterfront arena to get a new naming partner". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Echo Arena will become the M&S Bank Arena in 2019". The Guide Liverpool. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Space by M&S Bank Arena Liverpool". Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  20. ^ a b "'Ferocious' fire engulfed arena car park". BBC News. 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Liverpool Echo Arena car park fire destroys 1,400 vehicles". BBC News. 1 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Car park fire at Liverpool's Echo Arena has destroyed all vehicles". Sky News. 1 January 2018.
  23. ^ Richards, Alex (2018-04-06). "Darts legend and five-time world champion Eric Bristow dies aged 60". mirror. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  24. ^ "Tram link bid for Liverpool airport". Liverpool Daily Post. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009.

External links

Media related to Echo Arena Liverpool at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website
  • ACC Liverpool – Home to Echo Arena Liverpool and BT Convention Centre
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