People are being given a first look inside Britain’s biggest indoor arena this week – with new images being shared of the upcoming £350m Manchester venue.
The 23,500 capacity stadium is being built in the Eastlands area – with developers Oak View Group striking a 15-year sponsorship deal to name the venue Co-Op Live.
Hosting live music, comedy, sport, and various other types of entertainment, Co-Op Live will feature a “smart bowl” design with 32 bars, lounges, restaurants, food markets, suites and club spaces inside.
New footage offers a first glimpse of what the venue will look like.
Co-Op says the new arena will be the “envy across Europe” and the “one stop every musician will look forward to when touring”.
The company also has plans to make the venue the “most socially responsible” in the continent – tying in with Manchester’s zero carbon agenda.
Co-Op Live is expected to generate around £1m each year for Co-op Foundation causes.
Singer-songwriter Harry Styles has also invested in the project, citing the “contribution it will make to the city, and most importantly, that it will allow even more live music to thrive in Manchester.”
Construction of the venue has generated controversy, however, with critics arguing the city will be unable to sustain a second large-scale performance venue.
ASM Global, operators of the existing AO Arena by Victoria Station, denounced the approval of Co-Op Live, claiming there was “compelling evidence [which] shows there is simply no market for a second major arena in Manchester”, with the venue set to “pull visitors, footfall and spend away from the city centre.”
Antony‘s case is still ongoing, with a total of three women coming out to accuse him of domestic abuse — chiefly, his ex-girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin, who was first to raise concerns surrounding his alleged behaviour — but his cooperation through the investigation has led them to revise their position.
Issuing an update on Friday morning confirming that the forward with be brought back into the fold until the situation is resolved.
A club statement reads as follows: “Since allegations were first made in June, Antony has co-operated with police inquiries in both Brazil and the UK, and he continues to do so.
“As Antony’s employer, Manchester United has decided that he will resume training at Carrington, and be available for selection, while police inquiries proceed. This will be kept under review pending further developments in the case.
“As a club, we condemn acts of violence and abuse. We recognise the importance of safeguarding all those involved in this situation, and acknowledge the impact these allegations have on survivors of abuse.”
Erik ten Hag‘s side plays their second game against Crystal Palace in less than a week after beating them 3-0 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and while it is not thought Antony will be brought straight back into the team, he will be available for selection moving forward.
United currently sit ninth in the Premier League with three wins and three losses to their name.
Man jailed after ‘disturbing and terrifying’ burglary at young woman’s Altrincham home
A man has been handed jail time after a “disturbing and terrifying” burglary took place at a young woman’s home in Altrincham.
The court heard this week how Jason Edwards, from Sale in Trafford, turned up to an address in the Lloyd Gardens area of Altrincham where two women in their 20s were staying for the weekend visiting their friend at around 2am on Sunday 12 August 2022.
After knocking on the front door while brandishing a large meat cleaver, the two women opened the door and Edwards proceeded to push past them to force his way into the property.
The 36-year-old then began to search every room, while still carrying the horrific weapon and shouting at the women.
He then left the property shortly after, and the two victims immediately called the police.
The victims’ friend – who lived at the address, and was also a woman in her 20s – was still on a night out when she was alerted to Edwards being at her front door by a doorbell camera notification on her phone.
After pleading guilty to aggravated burglary and possession of a bladed article earlier this week (Tuesday 26 September), Edwards was handed a seven and a half year custodial sentence, as well as a further five years on licence.
Detective Sergeant Jacob Corrigan, of GMPs Trafford CID, described the burglary as a “disturbing and terrifying incident” for the victims.
“The victims had returned home from enjoying a day out with friends, before being put through this ordeal, which understandably made them genuinely fear for their lives,” DS Corrigan said Edwards was sentenced this week.
“I am pleased that Edwards has faced justice for his actions today and will be spending some time in prison, where he will be able to reflect upon his poor choices.”
DS Corrigan also reiterated that GMP “will not tolerate this type of violent crime”.