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University of Wolverhampton takes up naming rights of The Halls

Image of the iconic The Halls in Wolverhampton from the front

Today, the University of Wolverhampton has been announced as the new naming rights holder for The Halls, one of the most iconic live events venues in the Midlands, which has hosted world-class artists like Blur, McFly, Robert Plant and Leftfield since it re-opened in May last year.

The iconic venue, which will now be known as University of Wolverhampton at The Halls, sits at the heart of Wolverhampton’s artistic landscape, bringing live entertainment to the local community for more than 85 years. Since re-opening last year, the venue has gone from strength to strength, with Liam Gallagher and John Squire, Tom Odell, OMD, John Cooper Clarke and The Stranglers all performing this week.

Another constant in the area, with nearly 200 years of history and deep roots in the local and regional communities, the University of Wolverhampton is the perfect partner for the venue.

A Graphic of the University of Wolverhampton at The Halls

The University, which was ranked 29th in the country for student positivity in the National Student Survey (NSS) last year, will use the partnership to further enhance the experience of both its students and staff. A development programme and training opportunities will be the cornerstone of the partnership providing real life industry experience for its students. As well as this every University of Wolverhampton student will also have the chance to stand on the hallowed stage, with graduations moving to the venue for the first-time next week.

Through the partnership, live entertainment lovers amongst students and staff will have access to a 24-hour pre-sale period for shows, giving them early access to tickets for their favourite artists.

Professor Ebrahim Adia, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are excited to partner with a venue that attracts high-profile artists and speakers to the city, further enriching the cultural and economic landscape of Wolverhampton and its night-time economy. 

This partnership is a show of commitment to enhancing the experiences of our students and staff and to our role as a civic university.”

Will Dowdy, Vice President of Global Partnerships at AEG Europe, said: “We’re delighted to bring together two stalwarts of the local community through this partnership, which will benefit students and staff. We’re excited to see how the partnership will develop over the years.”

University of Wolverhampton at The Halls is one of the UK’s most iconic live events spaces,  bringing world-class artists into the Midlands in a Grade II listed space, with a rich and varied musical history.  Respecting the role the venue has played in the local community has been an important focus of the development and today’s partnership news is further testament to this.

Upcoming events at University of Wolverhampton at The Halls include Declan McKenna, The Hives, Kaiser Chiefs, Nathaniel Rateliff, Paul Weller and Jimmy Carr. For a full list, please visit the website.

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Overall, the division manages naming rights deals, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 160 million guests annually. More information about AEG Global Partnerships can be found at 

About AEG Europe

AEG Europe creates communities, places and spaces that deliver memorable moments through live entertainment and sports, giving the world reason to cheer.

AEG Europe is a subsidiary of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. AEG Europe’s extensive portfolio of live entertainment and sports assets across the region includes: an array of best-in-class venues, such as The O2 and Eventim Apollo in London; Barclays Arena in Hamburg; Mercedes-Benz Arena, Mercedes Platz and Verti Music Hall in Berlin; and Accor Arena in Paris; as well as renowned music festivals, including American Express presents BST Hyde Park in London and Rock en Seine in Paris. Our venues host some of the world’s best sports events and are home to prestigious sports franchises, including AEG’s own Berlin Eisbären ice hockey team at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Colleagues across Europe work together to create world-class live entertainment and sports experiences. AEG’s venue teams develop and operate best-in-class arenas and districts; AEG Presents promotes and manages concerts and tours, oversees renowned venues and produces some of the world’s leading music festivals; AXS Ticketing connects fans to events through specialist technology solutions; and AEG Global Partnerships links corporate brands into the company’s world-leading network of assets.

About the University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton’s roots go back to the 19th century Wolverhampton Mechanics’ Institutes and School of Art. It offers a broad range of subjects at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level – many accredited by prestigious professional bodies. Over 21,000 students studying at three main teaching campuses in the Midlands and partners nationwide benefit from innovative and excellent teaching from a QAA-commended university listed in the top ten universities for social mobility in a paper published by the Higher Education Policy Institute, with world-class research and a 90% graduate employability rate (Graduate Outcomes report 2023).


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