Been to the arena today to watch the davis cup so it was a good opp to sus out the venue.
The arena is quite small compared to the MEN - it's narrow - about two thirds the barrier width i'd say of the MEN so if u want a spot get there early.
There are 2 entrances cityside and riverside. It says on ur ticket which u need. The nearest is cityside, u walk round the side for riverside. We were riverside seated and there were no signs for standing there so I'd say standing enrtrance will def by cityside. The box office is next to the cityside entrance.
Car Park next to the arena is extremely small so don't bother. Nearest car park i think then is the Liverpool 1 one. But i think it's pretty pricey
Last train back to Manc is 23.38 - plenty of time to walk back to lime street, takes half an hour at leisurely pace.
With it being across the road from Liverpool 1 and next to Albert Dock there are tons of restaurants and bars around the place. There's a Pizza Express and a bar/restaurant right next to the arena. If u want cheap supplies for the day there's a Greggs in Liverpool 1 opposite the info office.
It's a windy spot being next to the Mersey so wrap up, there's no shelter from the rain if ur queuing.
If u need any other info let me know - i work in Liverpool and live half an hour away.
Oh and weirdest thing of the day - a crappy violin/cello group came on b4 the tennis doing britney and other mixes - the last one they did was james bond theme tune with space dementia mixed in - wtf!!!!