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22 arenas to fall silent for Manchester anniversary

The O2, Genting Arena and Dublin's 3Arena are among those venues marking 22 May's minute's silence for victims of the Manchester Arena attack

By Jon Chapple on 21 May 2018

Genting Arena

Genting Arena

The 22 member venues of the UK’s National Arenas Association (NAA) will join government buildings in observing the national minute’s silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing.

The arenas – which include the O2 and SSE Arena Wembley in London, the Motorpoint Arenas in Cardiff and Nottingham, Echo Arena in Liverpool, Genting Arena in Birmingham, 3Arena in Dublin (Rep. of Ireland) and Manchester Arena itself – will fall silent at 14.30 tomorrow (22 May) to “remember those victims and their families and friends who were so tragically affected by the Manchester terror attack one year ago”, reads a statement from the association.

“NAA venues will also be recognising our friends and colleagues working at the arena on that day who showed such bravery, compassion and professionalism under the most harrowing of circumstances,” it continues.

A recent inquiry into the bombing, the Kerslake report, praised arena operator SMG Europe and security company Showsec for going “above and beyond their roles to provide humanitarian assistance” to victims of the bombing, which left 22 dead.

The NAA is collaborating with ILMC, the European Arenas Association (EAA) and the Association of Event Venues on the second Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S), which returns to London in a new, larger-capacity venue on 30 October.


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