Etihad Arena Sketch October 2019
Oak View is working with City Football Group on the project

Bam to be appointed to controversial Eastlands arena

The company is understood to be the frontrunner to win a £150m construction contract on the £300m scheme, which is being brought forward by American entertainment developer Oak View Group.

Bam is expected to be awarded the contract later this week.

Oak View confirmed that it would be working with City Football Group, which owns the site off Alan Turing Way close to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, in August 2019 before releasing initial designs in October.

The designs, drawn up by architect Populous, propose a 24,000-seat arena that will form part of the wider Eastlands masterplan.

There has been pushback on the scheme from various stakeholders including John Sharkey, executive vice-president of SMG Europe, operator of the 21,000 capacity Manchester Arena in the city centre.

Etihad Arena Site Location October 2019

Speaking last year, Sharkey said of the project: “There is no market research to suggest there is the appetite for another arena – with the proposals there has been no market assessment, no environmental assessment, and no traffic impact assessment.”

However, a report from Manchester City Council claimed that Manchester is one of a handful of cities in Europe that has “the ability to successfully host more than one arena.”

Oak View, which was founded by sports executive Tim Leiweke and former Ticketmaster chairman Irving Azoff in 2015, developed a 10,000-capacity sports arena at the University of Texas and led on the $44m revamp of KeyArena in Seattle, but the new Manchester arena is its first UK project.

Bam, which was also lead contractor on Manchester City’s £200m training ground, declined to comment.

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Hopefully this will put pressure on TfGM to sort out metrolink services to the stadium. On matchdays it is a joke.


If they included a way of using the nearby canal to stage water sports and maybe motor sports the MEN arena could not oppose it as they cannot facilitate these activities (monster truck fiasco ).

By Barny

Get it built.

By Anonymous

Serves SMG right, they have under invested in the Manchester Arena and raked in the cash on the back of it. You wont get away with that for long in places like Manchester before someone comes along who is willing to stump up. Chickens home to roost for John Sharkey.

By Bob

Great addition to the music and sporting venues in Manchester however I think the city is crying out for a smaller arena holding around 4,000 seats which could accommodate Manchester Giants basketball team and Manchester Thunder netball and up and coming bands and singers.

By Anonymous

Just how would the majority of customer be able to leave this proposed venue and get back into central Manchester and then access train and bus networks to get back home?.The majority of customer come from outside city and will never be able to get back.from this proposed location,because it’s events will finish much later than any Man City football match.

By Durian durian

They’ll need to drive

By Dan

Durian , if a Champions League game goes to extra time and penalties it finishes later than most concerts and we still get away ok .

By Barny

Hopefully we get closer to an underground metro system. 2 of the biggest football clubs in the world. A plethora of smaller music and sporting venues, exhibition centres, festivals. How else can 10’s and indeed 100’s of thousands of people move around quick (warm and dry a bonus in a city no stranger to rain), a basic 7/9km ring and 2 radial lines. North East and the other (including Old Trafford Station) South West. Proposed HS2 tunnel is 12.1km,,,, that could serve a dozen ‘metro’ stops,,, they already talking about spending millions on 4 air shafts, one in Christies hospital car park, well no need. 12 stations please

By Robert Fuller