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The Arena at Filton will now be built !

'Bristol Res' Blog • 06 March 2020

The Arena at Filton will now be built !

After a 4 hour meeting on Wednesday this week Bristol City Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of the YTL Arena being built in the Brabazon hangers at Filton.

As we mentioned last week this Arena will become the third largest arena in the UK ( after Manchester Arena and the O2 in London ) and will seat 17,000 people.

Malaysian investment firm  YTL has said the “unique seating bowl” design of the arena would allow for flexible capacity – ranging from 4,000 to 17,000, which could attract a variety of events including theatre, comedy and live music. Their plans also include creating a new pedestrian walkway and transforming the other two hangars into a ‘Festival Hall’ and ‘The Hub’

Festival Hall would be a flat floor event space for conventions, exhibitions and working in tandem with the arena to attract large scale events. Meanwhile, The Hub, would be the 365-day part of the venue and would include a visitor attraction, leisure, workspace and food and drink.

Following the decision on Wednesday Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees said ” This is fantastic news for Bristol.  As a city, we will have one of the biggest and most sustainable arenas in the country bringing fantastic entertainment and brilliant opportunities for local people and businesses.

It will also be a huge boost to our city and regional economy, attracting visitors from the wider region and the rest of the UK. All built and run without a penny being spent by the public purse.

I would like to thank YTL for their significant, long-term commitment to Bristol. They are bringing a landmark venue to the city re-using existing buildings and are leading by example showing how investors can be part of Bristol’s growth and success.”

Director of YTL, Andrew Billingham said “We are thrilled that the council has entrusted us with this superb opportunity to do all of Bristol proud,  We will deliver an arena that everybody wants to go to.  It has been a momentous effort and we look forward to the next step. We have to drive on now to get this venue open as quickly as possible.”

It is understood that YTL plans to open the Arena  to the public in early 2023.


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