Plans for the Bristol Arena are expected to be approved at a city budget meeting tonight.
The £90 million venue next to Temple Meads would have a capacity of 12,000.
Work could start in January 2016 if the scheme gets the go-ahead.
The City Council has raised £53 million for the project and is planning to borrow the rest. The meeting will also debate cuts and a 2 percent rise in council tax.
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