11 pictures inside Co-op Live as troubled Manchester arena finally opens its doors with triumphant Elbow gig

Following all the cancellations and postponements - this is what the opening night looked like.

After a nightmare few weeks for the arena and gig-goers Manchester’s Co-op Live has finally opened its doors.

In a happy accident, following all the cancellations and postponements it was left to Guy Garvey and Bury boys Elbow to open up the new £365million venue next door to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. They did it in style with a right Manc love in finally getting things up and running for a venue that had been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Our gallery has some of the best pictures from the night, and gives you an idea of what you’ll find inside - from grab and go food outlets to bars serving £7.95 pints.

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