As of yesterday Bristol City Council have approved plans to redevelop and transform the Brabazon hangers into a new arena at Bristol’s Filton Airfield. The new venue for the city will be named The YTL Arena Bristol, a 17,000 capacity arena complex in the Brabazon hangars just south of the railway line on Filton Airfield. The YTL Arena Bristol will reportedly open in 2023 and become the third-largest arena in the United Kingdom.

With an eventual capacity of 17,000, The YTL Arena Bristol sits only behind London’s O2 and the Manchester Arena. The development includes a new pedestrian bridge stretching over the railway, in a bid the emulate the Wembley Way walk toward Wembley Stadium. 

The redevelopment plans of the area beyond the 17,000 capacity arena include 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 significant scale events.

Image: Grimshaw Architects