EventCity is within easy reach of Manchester city centre, Manchester railway stations and Manchester International Airport as well as having immediate access to motorway networks. The venue also has its own free car park (3000 spaces) with additional free parking also available in the adjacent Trafford Centre.
More information can be found on our Travel page.
Saturday 12th October – 11am to 7pm.
Sunday 13th October – 10am to 6pm.
Tickets for Play Expo 2013 are on sale now. Visit our tickets page to purchase yours!
To reward people for booking early we will have 3 tiers of ticket prices; earlybird, advance and on-the-door.
Earlybird (2nd April to 31st May 2013) – Online only
Adult (1 day) £13 – Adult (weekend) £22
Child (1 day) £8 – Child (weekend) £13
Family (1 day) £40
Advance (1st June to 11th October) – Online only
Adult (1 day) £14 – Adult (weekend) £23
Child (1 day) £9 – Child (weekend) £14
Family (1 day) £42
On-the-door (12th to 13th October) – At the venue only
Adult (1 day) £15 – Adult (weekend) £25
Child (1 day) £10 – Child (weekend) £15
Family (1 day) £45
Yes. Our priority at opening will be to get all those people who have bought their ticket in advance through the doors as quickly as possible. We will only start admitting those wishing to buy tickets on the door once the advance tickets queue has been processed.
Yes, once the earlybird promotion has ended (from 1st June 2013) you will be able to make group bookings with the following discounts applied by telephoning the Ticketline booking office on 0844 888 0200.
10 or more – 10% off
20 or more – 15% off
30 or more – 20% off
Please note – If you group are not going to be arriving together then first person to arrive will need to collect the wristbands for the whole party. They will then need to leave the venue when others arrive to give them their bands.
Under 5s do not need to pay to enter, but for health and safety reasons must have a valid ticket. To get your Under 5 ticket please make your entire booking via the call centre on 0844 888 0200.
Play Expo is a huge advancement on the previous Replay shows and we have worked very hard to keep ticket prices at the same level, despite a vast increase in costs. This has meant that costly and time consuming tasks such as ticket sales management had to be outsourced.
Unfortunately, as with the vast majority of ticketed events, it is necessary for the ticketing agency to add their own fee to the purchase price. This is the sole way that Ticketline (in our case) make any money from hosting the event on their service and the money is charged to pay for the running and development of their ticketing portal.
At Replay Events we are very keen to ensure the transparency of our charges and for this reason ensured that all prices listed are inclusive of fees. That way we ensure that nothing is added on at the end to bump up your price.
The introduction of etickets, whilst reducing the overall cost, does not make the service cost-free. It does however mean that no postage charges are passed on. In real terms, the saving to the business is less than 6p (the cost of printing a ticket) as any further shipping costs would also normally be passed to the customer.
We will have the option to buy tickets on the door (unless they sell out in advance), but due to the additional logistical costs that this incurs along with the extra security considerations that come with handling cash, the tickets will be charged at a higher rate than those sold online.
Everyone is welcome at Play Expo, however under 16s will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have a signed waiver form.
Play Expo will feature some games that have an 18+ age restriction. Anyone under the age of 18 will not be allowed into the Over 18s area even if they are accompanied by an adult.
Some of the pro.play tournaments may carry age restrictions. These will be clearly marked and, where possible, advised on the website in advance.
The majority of games will be exactly the same through both days. However, the talks, tournaments and some of the classic games may change. Please keep an eye on the News section of the website for more details.
We ask that you do not arrive too far in advance of the opening times (11am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday) as it may be cold or wet and there is no covered queuing area. We are aware of the queuing issues at the 2012 show and will have a team of marshals ensuring that the queues are managed effectively.
There will be a food court for the full duration of the show that will provide hot, cold and alcoholic drinks and hot or cold food. The Trafford Centre is also within easy walking distance and has a large food court of fast food and restaurant dining.
Following feedback from last years attendees we will be working with the venue to ensure that there are adequate outlets available to avoid lengthy queue.
You are not permitted to bring your own food and drink into the venue.
Unfortunately due to the high numbers of visitors we are unable to offer public wifi.
Photography and videoing is permitted in most areas, however we ask that you do not bring large cameras and equipment that will cause a trip hazard or disrupt others enjoyment of the show.
Some exhibitors may have there own restrictions, however these will be clearly signed.
A limited number of Press Passes will be made available via our dedicated Press page.
Terms and conditions
- If approved, press passes will give you free entry to the expo
- Press passes are strictly non-transferable. You will be asked to provide suitable photo ID when collecting your pass
- A maximum of 2 press passes will be allocated to a publication (this can be 2 tickets for a single day or 1 weekend ticket)
- Press passes give entry to the expo only. They do not give priority access to talks or tournaments
- We reserve the right to decline a press pass request. However you will still be able to cover the event and report on it if you purchase a standard ticket
- Please give up to 4 weeks for your application to be processed
- Organisers and Play Expo spokespeople will be available so interview throughout the weekend, however we cannot guarantee they will have time to talk to everyone
We are unable to offer refunds for tickets, however they are transferable so maybe a friend could take it off your hands?
If you have purchased a ticket for the wrong day, we can swap it for you if you forward your e-ticket to email@example.com with an explanation.
Press tickets are strictly non-transferable.
Our past events have featured classic console, computer, arcade and pinball games from the past forty years.
The re.play zone at Play Expo 2013 will be bigger than ever, making it the largest retro exhibition ever to take place in the UK!
This year the current gen (now.play) area of Play Expo will be managed by our good friends at Gamer Network (formerly Eurogamer).
What does this mean for us you may ask? Well, it means you can expect more publishers and more previews of Christmas releases. It is an exciting year for new games and hardware and this partnership will make sure you will able to get your hands on the best available.
Gamer Network have considerable experience staging gaming events, such as the hugely popular Eurogamer Expo, so having them onboard means an overall better experience at the show regardless of what particular element you are coming to see.
We will begin releasing details of what we have planned for this year once tickets go on sale. In the meantime if you sign up for our newsletter (www.tinyurl.com/replaygamer2) and like our Facebook page you can be sure you will get the latest news as soon as it is released.
Details on tournaments will be added closer to the event.
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