OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the US company behind the plan for a second arena in Manchester, is close to submitting a planning application to the city council.
The company is hoping to build a 23,500-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) and rank as the largest in the UK.
“We came to Manchester knowing that we needed to develop our proposals in a way that would support the needs and priorities of the entire city and deliver a venue that would enable Manchester to thrive in an evolving entertainment market,” says Tim Leiweke, co-founder and CEO of Oak View Group.
“We will present our full analysis of the Manchester opportunity along with our plans and are committed to engaging in dialogue and scrutiny throughout the planning process to ensure a second arena is a win-win for the city.”
Working with City Football Group, OVG has been undertaking feasibility studies and community consultations since last August (see LIVE UK issue 239).
The company says it plans to submit a planning application in the coming weeks and, if successful, envisages the venue opening in 2023.
OVG was founded in 2015 by former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and former chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and legendary artiste manager Irving Azoff, and also owns US live industry publication Pollstar.
The exiting Manchester Arena is operated by ASM Global, created by the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG in October last year (see LIVE UK issue 237).