Manchester Council responds to new arena report

Manchester Council has responded to a study has called into question the logic behind a proposed large-scale arena outside the city centre in Manchester.

In a statement, a council spokesperson said:

We have always envisaged a range of possible destination uses on the Etihad Campus in East Manchester.

Manchester City Council spokesman

A new 20,000 capacity arena has been outlined as part of Manchester City Council’s Eastlands Regeneration Framework, out for consultation until 26th June.

Grant Thornton, who are behind the study, say Manchester cannot sustain two large-scale arenas:

The Manchester Arena currently makes a significant contribution to the city centre, providing over 2,200 jobs and helping to stimulate the local economy.

Grant Thornton spokesperson