Harry Styles has announced he will be investing the east Manchester’s new £350m arena, Co-op Live.
Opening in 2023, the 23,500-capacity indoor music and sports venue is set to become the biggest in the UK. The ambitious scheme received planning permission last month. As well as investing in the project, Styles will be involved in the development and design process.
Discussing his involvement, Styles said he was “proud and excited” to be part of Co-op Live and added: “Manchester is an incredible city, filled with incredible people, and I couldn’t be happier being involved in this project. I was drawn to this project on every level, from the opportunities it brings, to the contribution it will make to the city, and, most importantly, that it will allow even more live music to thrive in Manchester.”
Co-op Live is a joint venture between US entertainment Group, OVG and Manchester-based Co-Operative Group founded in the city in 1863.
Francesca Bodie, of OVG, said: “At OVG our vision is driven by a unique view that puts fans and artists first in every decision we make. There’s no artist in the world right now better placed than Harry to advise us on delivering a first-class experience for visitors and artists at Co-op Live.
“We’re focused on building one of the world’s best arenas in Manchester and Harry’s advice and consultation is going to be invaluable as we work to deliver that.
“Co-op Live represents a £350m private investment in Manchester and will generate 3,500 jobs during construction, providing a much-needed boost to the city’s economy.
“It will support a further 1,000 jobs during operation and bring more events to the city. The arena will be located on the Etihad Campus and has been designed as the most sustainable arena in Europe.
“The partnership with Co-op will see the venue generate at least £1m annually for good causes both locally in Manchester and across the UK.”
Work on the site is set to start in November, creating over 3,350 jobs during the three-year construction phase. Once complete, the venue is set to bring almost 1,000 hospitality and events jobs to the city.