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Manchester City reveal plans for new stadium

Manchester City have revealed that their proposed new training and youth development facility will include a 7,000 seater stadium.

The stadium is part of a larger project which will also include 16 new football pitches, commercial developments a new media facility and club offices. The project will be a part of the larger Etihad Campus which was revealed as part of Etihad Airways' stadium naming rights agreement which was announced last week.

The 80-acre scheme will be built opposite the current stadium at Eastlands and will be linked to the Etihad Stadium via a bridge.

Public consultation on the scheme begins this week after planning permission was granted last month. Should approval be granted the project is expected to take six years to complete.

Garry Cook, chief executive of Manchester City Football Club said, “Manchester City’s ambition is to be a successful and sustainable football club and youth recruitment and development through a top class facility is a key component of that ambition.

"Our research to date has been painstaking and our planning comprehensive and whilst our plans would inevitably have a positive impact on both our young and established playing talent, the regenerative and economic impact for our community should not be underestimated. 

"We welcome the views of all of the communities we serve as we seek to submit planning permission for this most exciting of proposals.”

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "The partnership between Manchester City Football Club, the Council and New East Manchester would accelerate the regeneration of the area, delivering significant community and economic benefits.

"This new facility would help us continue to improve education and skills and will create jobs and other opportunities for local residents as well as being a further example of the club's investment in the area.

"It would be complementary to other proposed developments in the area, which would combine together to fulfil our vision for East Manchester as a centre for elite sport."

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