Manchester Arena to remain closed on attack anniversary

Manchester Arena to remain closed on attack anniversary

Manchester Arena has confirmed it will remain closed on the first anniversary of the Manchester attack out of respect for the victims and their families. 

The atrocity, which took place in a public space outside the SMG Europe-operated venue after an Ariana Grande concert on the evening of May 22, 2017, claimed 22 lives and injured more than 100 others. 

A number of memorial events will be held in Manchester city centre on the day of the anniversary. A statement issued on behalf of the arena said: "Out of respect for the victims and their families, Manchester Arena will remain closed on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

"Manchester Arena fully supports Manchester City Council in their programme of remembrance events and, in this spirit, we ask those wanting to pay their respects to come together at these events.

"Events on the day include a Civic Memorial Service at Manchester Cathedral, the Manchester Together event at Albert Square and There Is A Light series of projections onto St Ann’s Church.

Prior to the one-year anniversary there will be a Trees of Hope Trail through the city as well as a one-minute silence during the Great Manchester Run [Sunday, May 20]."

Bryan Adams is the first performer scheduled to play the venue arena after the anniversary, with a show scheduled for May 22.

Although no structural damage was caused to the arena, 23 shows due to take place at the venue between May and August were cancelled or moved to other venues in the wake of the tragedy, prior to it reopening with the We Are Manchester benefit concert, headlined by Noel Gallagher, on September 9. 

General manager James Allen's interview with Music Week ahead of the fundraiser can be read here

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