Here at the AO Arena, your safety is our priority and we work with a range of partners, including Greater Manchester Police, to ensure that your visit is safe and enjoyable.

All of our staff, from our highly-trained security team to our customer services representatives play a vital role in keeping visitors safe and furthermore, they're supported by a range of security measures which are in operation around the clock, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

We take the safety and security of all our visitors very seriously. If you're coming to the arena for a show, please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to pass through our security checks and familiarise yourself with our security information below.

In addition to the high visibility security measures in place, we also employ a range of less visible methods to keep you safe and work with a number of partners who are experts in their field. 

We work in close partnership with police to ensure your safety and security. You may see Greater Manchester Police and British Transport Police here carrying out Project Servator deployments. These are highly visible, unpredictable deployments, designed to disrupt a range of criminality, including terrorism. They involve officers specially-trained to spot the tell-tale signs that someone may be planning or preparing to commit a crime. On some deployments, police dogs and armed officers will be involved. The officers liaise with our staff and love to talk to our visitors about what they are doing, so feel free to chat to them.

Find out more about Project Servator here Project Servator | Greater Manchester Police (

You can help to keep us all safe by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right. Don’t ever be concerned about reporting anything that doesn’t feel right, no matter how minor you think it is. Trust your instincts and we will do the rest.

For more information, download our Security document.

Project Servator

We work in close partnership with police to ensure your safety and security

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We have a strong partnership with Showsec - the UK’s most trusted crowd management, venue and event security specialist, with an international reputation for excellence.

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Evolv Technology

We have partnered with Evolv Technology, a state-of-the-art security screening system that uses AI to scan people in real time so there’s no need to remove items from your pockets or bags.

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Global Support Services UK Ltd.

We're proud to work with GSS who provide specialist detection dog services, plus additional counter-terrorism canine services. If you see them, feel free to say hello but remember that they are working.

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Bag Policy

Please keep personal belongings to a minimum. One small bag per person is permitted, note that shopping bags, backpacks, travel cases, laptop bags and large tote bags are not permitted inside the arena.

There are no storage facilities at the venue and the venue is not responsible for late admission or non-admission due to failure to comply.

Our bag size limits are as follows:

  1. All bags larger than 30cm wide x 40cm long x 20cm deep (approx. A3 sized) are strictly prohibited.
  2. Backpacks are not permitted and there is no facility to store prohibited items.
  3. Bags that can be worn on the back must not exceed 30cm wide x 20cm long x 20cm deep (approx. A4 sized).

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Search & Screening

Our security teams are there for your safety. Please coorperate fully with all security checks and support these vital team members of our team as they carry out important work to keep us all safe.

Security screening is a condition of entry to protect your safety and that of others. We have partnered with EVOLV TECHNOLOGY a state of the art security screening system that uses AI to scan people in real time. 

This new system scans the contents of bags without you having to remove any personal belongings. It is safe for guests with medical conditions and pacemakers.

We have a number of additional security measures in place throughout the arena which help us to improve guest experience and keep you safe so please don't be alarmed if you notice additional resource supporting us at the arena.

Prohibited Items List

For your safety and enjoyment, we carefully manage the items that can brought into the venue for an event. The list below includes examples of prohibited items, please note that this list in not exhaustive and other items may be refused at the point of entry.

  • Glass, cans, aluminium bottles or thermoses of any kind including liquid products which can be consumed.
  • Flammable liquids in any container
  • Laser pens/pointers
  • Video cameras, recording devices and professional cameras
  • Laptop computers, tablet devices, Go Pro’s or tablets with filming and recording capabilities
  • Large/golf/metal tipped umbrellas
  • Knives or weapons of any kind
  • Illegal drugs or substances. The AO Arena has a zero tolerance policy toward drug use. Searches will be in operation, as well as sniffer dogs for some events.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Signs, banners or flags on poles, staffs or selfie sticks
  • Animals (except ADUK registered service dogs)
  • Air horns, whistles, cowbells or other noise-making distractions
  • Projectiles (frisbees, beach balls, footballs etc)
  • Aerosol cans (hairspray, deodorant etc )
  • Fireworks, confetti, glitter bombs or flares
  • Balloons
  • Use of wheeled footwear, skateboards
  • Food and drinks
  • Helmets and full face masks 
  • Large studs and chains


The Arena prides itself on being a fun and safe environment for everyone. And we ask that you act responsibly and with consideration to other visitors, giving them time and space where possible to move around the venue.

Anti-social behaviour towards other guests and staff is not tolerated and any problems should be reported immediately to one of the uniformed stewards. They will either be able to rectify the situation straight away or refer the problem to Customer Services, located at the Hunts Banks entrance on the concourse.

If you encounter an issue which is making your experience less enjoyable, please report it to a steward or member of staff as soon as possible so we can try our best to make things better. 

Food Safety & Allergen Awareness

Here at the AO Arena, every aspect of food safety is of the highest importance. We take every care to ensure that you can eat safely whilst visiting our venues.


In addition to strict hygiene procedures, we have embarked upon an extensive allergen awareness campaign. This includes high levels of staff training, and implementation of policies, procedures and processes, in line with the Food Information Regulations.


We are continually reviewing and improving every aspect of our Food Safety Strategy, this includes ensuring up to date information on allergens is shared with our teams, reducing the possibility for allergen exposure.