Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Games Fired Starting Gun on Regeneration

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Games Fired Starting Gun on Regeneration

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THE transformation of swathes of industrial land into East Manchester's sporting mecca has been nothing short of remarkable - and it's set to continue.

It all began with a new stadium for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, which was later converted into Manchester City's new home - at the centre of its burgeoning empire.

Since being renamed the Etihad Stadium, after the club's exclusive sponsor, its capacity has been boosted to 55,000. A string of new sporting facilities - including a college, leisure centre and City's Football Academy - followed.

The two main portions of the Etihad campus are linked by a 60m landmark pedestrian bride that spans the junction of Alan Turing Way and Ashton New Road.

City Football Academy includes a 7,000-seater stadium where youth and women's matches are hosted. …

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