CGI of planned OVG Arena

UK’s biggest arena planned for Manchester

US-based Oak View Group, the developer behind proposals to bring a 23,500-capacity venue to Eastlands, is eyeing a 2023 opening for its £350m project.

The venue, which is being designed by Populous, would become the largest indoor arena in the UK overtaking Manchester Arena and the proposed 21,500 MSG Sphere in London.

Designed primarily for music concerts, the arena would feature an interior bowl that would offer close proximity between performers and attendees, while maintaining the structural flexibility to host a range of other events.

Improvements to the main walking and cycling routes into the city centre would also form part of the development.

It is understood that Bam Construction is in line to be appointed as lead contractor for the project.

OVG Arena Bowl

The development has proved controversial among some commentators who claim there is not enough demand to support two large arenas in Manchester. However, Oak View said in a statement its arena would “attract new and more diverse events owing to its location, flexible design and ability to utilise the broader Etihad Campus ecosystem”.

Oak View has been undertaking feasibility studies and community consultations since August 2019 with a further consultation event planned for Monday 2 March at the National Cycling Centre…

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