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National football museum set for 2011 open

The national football museum is set to re-open in Manchester before the end of the year after its move from Preston.

The museum, which was located at Preston North End’s Deepdale Stadium, is on schedule to open at Urbis according to bosses and is expected to receive up to 400,000 visitors, four times the number of people who visited when it the museum was based at Deepdale.

Director Kevin Moore also insisted that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport cut in funding, £100,000 a year from 2015, will not affect staffing.  Manchester council has already underwritten an £8m ‘capital project’ to create the attraction as well as a £2m ongoing revenue contribution.

Admission for the museum will remain free. 

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