For 25 years, Manchester Arena has sat at the heart of our city.

As we look to our next 25 years, with transformative redevelopment plans in the works, our commitment to Manchester is as strong as ever.

Yet this is all at risk. A planning application has been submitted for a 23,500 capacity venue in Eastlands which now include 181,000 sq. ft. F&B space. There is no demand for another major arena in the city, It would threaten our existing venue and redevelopment plans and jeopardise trade for the city centre businesses we support and are supported by.

The proposal is backed by a number of claims which have been refuted by independent evidence. Its case is flawed. You can view more on this below.

The operator of the Manchester Arena, ASM Global, and a number of much-loved Manchester businesses and investors have publicly spoken out against this development and ASM has submitted representations to the Council voicing these concerns. You can view ASM’s representations here.

The proposal, if granted planning permission, risks city centre business, increases stress on public transport and will increase the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

At such a challenging time for the heart and soul of our city – with bars, restaurants, stores, music venues and hotels all under immense pressure – we ask you: is this what Manchester needs right now?

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To find out all the facts regarding this proposal, you can view the full infographic below.