Bristol embraces an exciting transformation
The Bristol area is set to significantly increase its capacity for large-scale conferences, exhibitions and events following the announcement of three major developments in the city, with phased completions between 2023 and 2026.
Meet Bristol and Bath, the official Convention Bureau for Bristol, Bath and the surrounding region, anticipates that these increased capacities will put Bristol alongside destinations such as Glasgow and Manchester for delegate capacity.
“The next three years will see an exciting transformation for Bristol as the city repositions itself on the international stage,” said Helen Applin, head of business events. “These developments will further enhance our reputation as a destination for business events, driving new business to the region and growing our local economy.”
In North Bristol, the YTL Arena Bristol will have capacity for 19,000, and the East Hangar will offer 6,000 square metres of pillar-free floor space and a 20-metre ceiling height.
Bristol Beacon will reopen in November following a five-year transformation project. The refurbished music venue in the centre of Bristol has seen improvements to its spaces, with the 2,000-plus capacity Beacon Hall, the 500-capacity Lantern Hall and the new 200-capacity Weston Cellar.
Finally, work is expected to start this summer on the new Ashton Gate Sports and Convention Centre, which will sit alongside the current stadium with 4,000 square metres of floor space and a 232-room hotel.
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