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Bristol councillors favour city centre arena site

9 July 2018

BRISTOL CITY councillors have voiced their support for south of the city as the location for the proposed Bristol Arena, following mayor Marvin Rees delaying his decision on the rival projects last month.

A 12,000-capacity arena on Arena Island to the south of Bristol’s Temple Meads train station, was put on hold last year when contractor Bouygues UK pulled out, to be replaced by Buckingham Group.

Meanwhile, in November, Malaysian investors YTL presented an alternative proposal for Filton, to the north of the city, offering a potential 15,000-capacity venue (see LIVE UK issue 217).

Buckingham Group has put the cost of its city centre arena, to be run by SMG Europe and Live Nation Entertainment, at £122m, while YTL has offered to cover its arena’s construction in return for £100m improvement to the area’s transport infrastructure.

In a 10-hour meeting to scrutinise the KPMG report, councillors across the parties expressed support for the city centre option. Rees has promised a decision before August.

Bristol-based Conal Dodds of Crosstown Concerts tells LIVE UK, “People can either walk or get a train [to Arena Island] whereas Filton has no train link and only one road, which would cause chaos.”

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