Manchester’s AO Arena reveals big £50m transformation plans

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 27th April 2022

Manchester’s AO Arena is to undergo a £50m transformation project over the next three years, it’s been revealed.

The ASM Global venue in the city centre, which has a capacity of 21,000 and is one the world’s busiest indoor arenas, will begin its transformation this summer.

The venue will be ‘dramatically enhanced’ with new state-of-the-art infrastructure and innovative guest features.

It’s hoped that the works will ‘further elevate the historic live entertainment venue as one of Europe’s bastions of performing excellence’, today’s announcement says.

Credit: AO Arena

The 30-year-old landmark has hosted some of the biggest artists of all time, with more major sell-out events – including Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Swedish House Mafia and Snoop Dogg – on the way in 2022.


The works will include an increased capacity on the arena floor, new hospitality lounges, and an upgraded concourse experience.

A new ‘unparalleled’ back-of-house campus for artists, production and crew will also be unveiled, with new dressing rooms, green room, and meet and greet facilities.

Inside the AO Arena currently. Credit: AO Arena

Other major developments include brand new arena entrances, specially tailored premium experiences, custom designed lounges, and new premium seating.

AO Arena officials will release more details plans for the transformation in the coming months.

Chris Bray, EVP Europe at ASM Global said: “AO Arena is one of the world’s iconic venues and a much-loved part of Manchester’s rich culture and history. It has been delivering world class entertainment experiences for over two decades.


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“As we approach our 30th anniversary, this ambitious endeavour will not only reinforce its position as a leading destination for live entertainment but will extend its market leadership for ‘live’ and fan experiences for the next 30 years, and we’re proud to be further investing into the heart of Manchester.”

Jen Mitchell, general manager at the AO Arena, said: “This is a really exciting time for the AO Arena. Not only are we able to welcome guests back after a challenging two years, with a programme packed full of world-class acts and entertainment; now we can reveal the first phase of ASM Global’s plans for the arena’s redevelopment.

“This will not only elevate the experience for guests and fans, but for everyone who sets foot in the venue, including artists, production, crew and our staff who work so hard to make the magic happen right here in Manchester.”

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