OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the company founded by former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and former Live Nation Entertainment chairman and artiste manager Irving Azoff, is close to submitting a planning application to Manchester City Council for build a second arena in the city.
The company is hoping to build a 23,500-capacity venue in the Eithad Campus, the site of Manchester City football club’s Eithad Stadium (cap. 63,000) in Eastlands, which would rival the existing Manchester Arena (21,000) – run by ASM Global and rank as the largest in the UK.
The company says it plans to submit a planning application in the coming weeks and, if successful, envisages the venue opening in 2023.
ASM Global was created by the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG in October last year.