Once complete, Co-op Live will be located on the Etihad Campus which is also home to Manchester City FC, a founding member of the City Football Group who is partnering with Oak View Group on the project.
Commenting on Co-op Live, Ferran Soriano, CEO at City Football Group, said:
“Co-op Live will play a pivotal role in City Football Group’s plans to develop the Etihad Campus into a year-round entertainment destination, but it will also bring with it a significant source of community, employment, and economic opportunity for the city of Manchester and its people.
“We are incredibly proud to have partnered with OVG on this project and look forward to welcoming fans from across the world to the arena next year.”
Co-op Live will be the UK’s most socially responsible arena. It is committed to sustainability with a strong focus on all-green electric power, zero waste to landfill, and 100% rainwater collection. By aligning with the values of its naming rights partner Co-op, Co-op Live will donate at least £1m a year to help the Co-op Foundation deliver on its new youth-led strategy and Co-op’s vision of ‘Co-operating for a fairer world’. This collective effort will be known as ‘Gigs that Give Back’ emphasising the venue and partnership’s commitment to making a positive impact.
Amanda Jennings, Director of Marketing Communications at Co-op, said: “This arena will embody Co-op’s principles, values and vision and we’re looking forward to seeing these brought to life through this unique partnership, which has been five years in the making.
“We’re excited to start sharing more detail on what we have in the pipeline for our Co-op members. As well as offering first in line access to tickets for every event, we’re developing a delicious new range of Co-op food that will be exclusively available at Co-op Live, as well as perks in the venue and access to money can’t buy experiences via the Co-op members app."
Co-op Live will open its doors in April 2024.