The new arena would put the MEN Arena to shame!
With plans to open as early as 2023, a whopping new indoor arena is set to be built in Manchester. Oak View Group has confirmed they’ll be bringing forward their planning application for the arena, which will be the biggest in the UK once completed.
The arena is proposed to have a capacity of 23,500, trumping Manchester’s MEN arena which has a capacity of 21,000 and currently holds the title as the largest in the country. There’ll also be a huge floor space with room for 10,000 to stand. Not only will the project be the biggest arena in the UK, but it’ll also be with most expensive in Europe, costing an eye-watering £350 million to build.
The plans reveal the venue would host both music and sporting events, creating 3,500 jobs for locals during the construction period and 1,000 after. It’s also been confirmed that OVG (Oak View Group) has its eyes on a site in the Eastlands area, right by the Etihad.
The proposal for the new arena focuses on a number of elements such as providing local employment, creating a fully-flexible event space that can cater for different types of events such as concerts and sports matches, and delivering cutting-edge audio and visual technology for a world-class experience.
The plans are subject to approval and are yet to be put to the town hall, however, these are expected to be submitted in the coming weeks.
OVG has huge ambitions for the arena, with the hopes of large scale events such as the Brit Awards being hosted at the arena.