Bristol deserves to be at the forefront of European cities. However, it does not fulfil all the criteria to join the top ranks: a five star hotel, exhibition and conference facilities, a premier league football club and an arena. An arena for Bristol will help put Bristol on the world stage.
We will breathe new life into the historic Brabazon Hangars, transforming them into an exciting, vibrant destination open all year round, offering a range of entertainment events, and creating a new place to eat, work and play. Visitors to the arena will experience more than a show, with vibrant food and drink areas, lounges and bars, and live pre-show entertainment on our community stage, showcasing local talent. We will take live music and entertainment into the community to inspire and engage the next generation.
The supersonic heritage and pioneering history of the hangars is a precious gift which we will celebrate and preserve for all to enjoy.
We will embrace technology and make sustainability a key focus, considering challenges throughout the design, construction and future operation.
The Brabazon Hangars offer three individual but interlinked areas:
• Central Hangar – YTL Arena: 17,080 capacity, the third largest in the UK. Multi-purpose, flexible and unique arena auditorium, allowing Bristol to host full capacity live music shows, but also to offer sporting events, family entertainment (eg Dancing on Ice, Strictly Come Dancing) and comedy shows.
• East Hangar - Festival Hall: a flat floor space for trade shows, exhibitions, conventions and other events.
• West Hangar - The Hub: a place to eat, work and play. With a visitor attraction, leisure, workspace and food and drink.
Together they will offer a 365 day a year thriving entertainment destination, attracting large scale, live events and new business to the region.
We want to create a venue that benefits everyone – from the up and coming musicians looking for their first gig, to the stars at the very pinnacle of their careers. We will nurture and celebrate new talent and put Bristol on the world stage as a city of music. We’ve had the Merseybeat and the Manchester Sound, now is the time for Bristol to make new legends, it’s time for Bristol to be heard!
The arena will form part of a wider new neighbourhood for north Bristol called Brabazon.