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OVG to consult again on new Manchester arena

6 December 2019

OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the US company formed in 2015 by former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and former chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and artiste manager Irving Azoff, is launching a second round of consultation on proposals for a potential new arena in Manchester.

The company is hoping to build a 20,000-capacity arena in the Eithad Campus, the site of Manchester City football club’s Eithad Stadium (cap. 63,000) in Eastlands, which would rival the existing Manchester Arena (21,000).

“A world-class arena has to work for the community so continual dialogue to understand priorities and concerns is a vital part of our feasibility process,” says OVG International chief operating officer Mark Donnelly.

“A clear objective is that a new arena must deliver a range of training and job opportunities for local residents, especially for young people.

“We also know that sustainable transport and venue management plans that minimise any impact to the community on event days are key priorities,” he says.

“During this next stage of consultations, we will provide an update on work underway to address community priorities and we look forward to further feedback and inputs from East Manchester residents and businesses.”

As part of feasibility studies, OVG held four consultation events in October to share initial ideas and understand community priorities.

This second consultation proccess will run from 28 November and 16 December in the local area.

Meanwhile, John Sharkey, executive vice-president of operations at ASM Global, which manages Manchester Arena, believes the city is unable to sustain two major arenas (see LIVE UK issue 233).

“We are extremely surprised that the council has even considered this direction,” he told LIVE UK in June. “We are absolutely not scared of competition and are happy to support other developments that are going on in Manchester, where there is a gap in the market.

“We just don’t see how there is a market for another 20,000-capacity arena in the city.”

Artistes playing Manchester Arena include Harry Styles, Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish.

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