New OVG Arena in Manchester to be Called Co-op Live

September 26, 2020

Oak View Group (OVG) and the Co-op are joining forces to develop the UK’s biggest and most exciting new arena.

The arena, named Co-op Live, will be located on the Etihad campus in Manchester and continues the regeneration of the Eastlands area started by the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Co-op Live will be one of the world’s premier music and entertainment venues. Plans for the arena were given the green light by Manchester City Council on 24 September.

Manchester was chosen as the location for OVG’s first international arena because of its iconic music culture and history as a live entertainment destination, which is why the arena was designed specifically with music at the forefront, unlike almost all other large arenas.

Co-op Live will re-establish Manchester as one of the globe’s most important live music destinations as well as delivering new events to the city, including awards shows, international sporting events and tournaments, family entertainment shows and emerging formats such as Esports.

"I’ve said from the beginning of this project that this arena will be of Manchester, for Manchester and by Manchester, and this partnership with one of the city’s most iconic brands is a critical part of that. We can’t wait to work together to bring amazing live event experiences, in one of the world’s best arenas, to Manchester.”

Tim Leiweke / Chief Executive Officer, Oak View Group

“Co-op is set up with a clear goal to serve the interests of its members and invest for the long-term. The entertainment arena brings to life the co-operative difference and our vision to co-operate for a fairer world, from its sustainable construction, support for communities, zero food waste and member only exclusive benefits. It will not only enthral audiences, but every time people watch a live act they’ll be doing good in local communities across the UK.”

Steve Murrells / Group CEO, Co-op

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