Etihad Stadium (City of Manchester Stadium / Eastlands)
|Clubs||Manchester City FC|
|Other names||City of Manchester Stadium (2002-2011)|
|Cost||140 mln Ł|
|Record attendance||54,523 (Manchester City - Sunderland, 26/12/2015)|
|Address||Rowsley Street, Manchester M11 3FF|
Etihad Stadium – stadium description
The Eastlands plot was initially planned as a future olympic stadium site, when Manchester was bidding for hosting Olympics in 2000. As the bid failed, planes were downsized and a much smaller stadium has been built as the main venue of the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Capacity decreased from 80,000 to 35,000, part of which was temporary seating. Total cost stood at 110 mln pounds.
Soon after the event the first revamp has started. Athletics track and pitch were removed and the ground lowered to create space for additional tier of seating in a football-specific configuration.
The temporary stand behind one goal has been dismantled and replaced by a permanent construction identical with one at the other end. This had cost another 30 mln pounds and made the stadium a good home for Manchester City which could then leave their historical home – Maine Road.
In 2011 the naming rights for the stadium were obtained by Etihad airlines for 150 million pounds – a record deal in British football at that time.
In 2014-2015, for the first time since takeover by Manchester City, the stadium was expanded. The south stand received a large new third tier, increasing overall capacity by over 6,000 seats. Similar expansion is also planned behind the northern goal in the future.
How Etihad Stadium compares to other Premier League venues?
England: Stadium rises will affect Premier League clubs
The value of almost all 20 stadiums owned by teams playing in the Premier League has recently increased. As a result, clubs will face multi-million pound tax increases involving their infrastructure.
United Kingdom: Is football coming home at the Euros?
At a time when most of the chatter is about the World Cup, plans for the next major football events are being clarified. Great Britain and Ireland announced their joint candidacy for hosting Euro 2028 some time ago. A shortlist of stadiums being considered by the federations was also recently announced.
England: Meet the 2022/23 Premier League stadiums!
Much to the delight of fans, the new English Premier League season will kick off on Friday, August 5. On this occasion, we would like to introduce you to the stadiums where the footballers of the world's best league will soon be playing. Get your English tea in hand and let's get started!
England: More standing areas in stadiums next season?!
All Premier League and Championship clubs will be eligible to apply to operate licensed safe standing areas starting from the next season, the English government has recently announced. This marks the departure from a 30-year-old rule requiring seated-only stadiums.
England: Stadiums partially closed due to pitch invasions?
The end of the season in most European leagues, including the UK, was marked by many football club successes. Fans, in the heat of the moment, have on many occasions decided to run onto the pitch after the final whistle. "Pitch invasions" may have greater consequences than it may seem.
Manchester: City to recreate Etihad Stadium in the metaverse
According to the new commercial partnership with Sony, Manchester City plans to develop its metaverse. The club aims to offer more experiences related to the digitally recreated Etihad Stadium.
England: Safe standing trials in Premier League and Championship
There has been talk for some time about introducing safe standing in the two highest leagues in the country. In 2019, the government assured about the imminent change of the regulations, but these were not introduced until 2 years later.
European Super League: What could change stadium-wise?
Earthquake of historic proportions or a failed attempt at secession? Europe’s top club are attempting to flee UEFA’s supervision and no longer share revenue from international games. Their gain could come at a massive price for others.
Manchester: City to install safe standing by 2021/22
One more change is coming to Etihad Stadium in the near future. Installation of 5,620 rail seats has been confirmed by the Cityzens. These will accept fans after the current Premier League campaign.
United Kingdom: Will they bring football home in 2030 again?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently supported the potential candidacy of the UK and Ireland for the FIFA 2030 World Cup. The formal process for a prospective five-association bid will be opened in 2022.
Manchester: City to replace seats with advertising
Approximately 1,100 seats in front rows of three stands will be removed to make room for the second strip of LED signage. With empty stands, this makes more financial sense.
Manchester: City postpone further expansion plans
This could have been Premier League's second largest stadium but it likely won't, at least for some time. Etihad Stadium's north stand will not be expanded in the short or medium term, City chairman confirms.
COVID-19 crisis: English supporters to return in October?
The government is preparing to reopen sports stadiums across the UK. While first trial events will take place in just 2 weeks, all stadiums could be open again only from October onwards.
England: Safe standing in Premier League and Championship from 2021?
Though physically safe standing is already in Premier League, legally it's still prohibited. But that might change as the government is expected to act quickly, possibly introducing legal standing in 2021.
Manchester: City consulting fans on further expansion
By 2021/21 Manchester may be the home to not one, but two largest stadiums of the Premier League. Etihad Stadium might exceed 63,000 people by then, surpassing all London rivals and shying only to nearby Old Trafford.
Safe standing: Government to rethink all-seating
By all means the debate was predictable, but that's fine, we'll take it. The most important thing is: British authorities will review the all-seater rule, which officially opens the case for legal standing in top leagues of England and Wales.
England: Supporters force parliament to debate safe standing!
It took only several days of momentum to reach immense support of 100,000 British citizens and thus force the British government to officially debate safe standing in Premier League and Championship.
England: How much are PL naming rights worth?
To secure a naming rights deal in Premier League you only need £300,000 per year. But to buy the most expensive name it's 87 times that amount! Here's the latest valuation by Duff & Phelps.
As stadiums undergo a makeover, these ones got left behind
Everton have become the latest Premier League club to be given the go-ahead to build a new stadium. Liverpool City Council have given approval for a £300 million new stadium, on the basis that it will form part of a city-wide bid for the Commonwealth Games. Should the plan come to fruition, Everton will be leaving their iconic home since 1892 – Goodison Park is one of the oldest purpose-built football grounds in the world.
Manchester: City’s failed publicity attempt
Such a small thing and yet it caused immense backlash, boosting critics of “modern football”. Manchester City introduced what’s simply a catwalk for players to use between the car and changing room…