“Co-op Live is about the fan and the artist, it’s purpose-built to deliver the best sound, atmosphere and experience to everyone who walks through our doors,” said OVG International President Jessica Koravos. . “Innovative technology and design will bring a unique live entertainment experience to the UK.”
Scheduled to open in December next year (2023), the 23,500 seat venue – the largest in the UK – is currently under construction at the Etihad Manchester campus. The project is a joint venture between Oak View Group and City Football Group, alongside private investor Harry Styles who was instrumental in the design, providing personal insight after visiting major venues and arenas around the world.
“I’m incredibly happy to be partnering with OVG on their plans for Co-op Live,” Styles revealed in 2020. “Manchester is an amazing city full of amazing people and I couldn’t be happier to be involved in this project. It really feels like coming home.
Co-op Live’s 330 tonnes of rigging capacity and eight loading bays ensure the ability to bring some of the biggest live productions in the industry to Manchester.
The fan experience will be further enhanced by 32 bars, restaurants and lounges, including locally sourced and sustainably sourced food and beverage offerings.