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Has City Outgrown Eastlands?

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?

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Date:Monday September 14 2009
Time: 2:45PM


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.
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!,
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.
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
15/09/2009 06:31:00
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