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Claims of economic ‘boost’ for Manchester from planned second arena disputed

A planning application for a huge new indoor concert and sports arena in Manchester has been formally submitted.

And bosses behind the plans say analysis which has formed part of the proposals show the city CAN sustain two enormous venues.

Bosses at the Manchester Arena don’t agree.

Detailed plans for a new arena, with a maximum capacity of 23,500-capacity, next to Manchester City’sEtihad Stadium were submitted to the council a number of weeks ago.

They are now available for the public to view along with new images of what it will look like.

It is not yet known when a decision will be made with no date yet set for it to go before the council’s planning committee.

Those behind the planned £350m privately-funded facility – which would become the biggest in Britain – commissioned market reports into the effect the mammoth development would have on the current arena and Manchester’s economy.

They claim it could be worth over half a billion pounds to the city’s economy over a 20 year period…

… visit Manchester Evening News to read full story

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