UK time is: 05:59:53
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Has City Outgrown Eastlands?


Vital Manchester City newbie, claremont sent us the following:

Saturday's attendance at Eastlands for the Arsenal game was a ground record of 47,339. That's just eight more than at last year's match versus Chelsea. The last time this figure was surpassed for a City home game was at the Manchester derby nearly a quarter of a century ago on 14 September 1985.

City have their strongest squad for years and the first two home games this season have sold out. It's no surprise then that stories are circulating on the subject of ground expansion. Any such plans would have to overcome two significant hurdles. Firstly, City are only tenants at the council owned stadium. Additionally, the ground was not designed with expansion in mind.

The major challenge at the time of construction was to house the Commonwealth Games and then create a football stadium with atmosphere and without an athletics track. It was acknowledged by City at the time that the resulting steep three tiered design would prove costly to develop further. A capacity of 48,000 probably seemed adequate as there had not been a gate in excess of 50,000 at Maine Road since 1981.

Money, of course, is less of an object than it was then but there remains the trick of identifying the ideal capacity. This consideration would involve not just the level of expenditure but would also have to account for the likely support that the club could generate on a consistent basis. Despite the vastness of Maine Road the highest average league attendance there was 42,725 in the 1947-48 season.

Should our owners expand Eastlands capacity?

What do you think?

Bookmark and Share






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: claremont Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 14 2009

Time: 2:45PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
I would think that we will be evaluating the situation with a view to expanding the capacity this summer or next. Afterall with the level of investment and expectation we will have to look to accommodate all existing loyal fans before we get new recruits jumping on to the bandwagon as we continue to improve.
Kevinho
Report Abuse
14/09/2009 14:58:00

i have heard that the council are playing hardball and that city have already bought alternate land to build a new stadium, and we have already said to the council that we will build it if they dont allow us to expand and possibly buy the stadium and the surrounding land (you can see whats coming next) planning permission denied!,
mark.mcfc.wedged
Report Abuse
14/09/2009 15:00:00

So the council are playing hardball eh? I'm sure the council tax payers of Manchester will really enjoy having a white elephant on their hands. And if they deny us planning permission to build a new ground, there is a precedent for a club having a ground outside of Manchester yet still claiming to be FROM Manchester, so we're in a win-win situation.
fifthcolumnblue
Report Abuse
14/09/2009 20:43:00

I would like to see us sell out each game for a few games before expanding. We didn't sell out against Wolves and thats the tester, if you can have a capacity crowd for the not so glamous clubs.
Buzz Lightyear
Report Abuse
15/09/2009 06:31:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

The Ped Report.. City 2-0 West Ham (Monday April 20 2015)

Silva Lining (Monday April 20 2015)

Toure On West Ham Win (Sunday April 19 2015)

Pellegrini's Silva Worry (Sunday April 19 2015)

Audio - West Ham Win Reactions (Sunday April 19 2015)

City v West Ham - Team News (Saturday April 18 2015)

Milner & Hart Ahead Of West Ham (Friday April 17 2015)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 470
2. Skoorb 220
3. Bluedub 168
4. kennyclementstache 105
5. fifthcolumnblue 84
6. johnkelv 72
7. citizhun 58
8. OziMan 56
9. Buzz Lightyear 52
10. CITYBOY1000 40

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 32 23 7 2 39 76
2. Arsenal 32 20 6 6 31 66
3. Man Utd 33 19 8 6 28 65
4. Man City 33 19 7 7 33 64
5. Liverpool 32 17 6 9 11 57
6. Spurs 33 17 6 10 6 57
7. Southampton 33 17 5 11 21 56

Breaking League News

Stoke : 20/04/2015 22:46:00
Potters Earn First Win In 4 Over Saints
Stoke : 20/04/2015 22:40:01
The Ped Report.. City 2-0 West Ham
Man City : 20/04/2015 22:21:01
Arnautovic wins West Ham man of the match poll
Stoke : 20/04/2015 19:40:00
Moses wins March goal of the month
Stoke : 20/04/2015 19:36:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Will City Finish In The Top Four?
Suggested By:  The Grim Sweeper
Yes 89%
No 11%