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City Of Manchester Stadium May Dwarf Old Trafford

Several weeks ago we at Vital Manchester City reported on the proposals put forward by the club about the possibility of regenerating land around SportCity but what we didn't mention was an 80,000 capacity City stadium.

The Sunday Mirror published an article whereby the tabloid states Blues owner Sheikh Mansour has already promised to build one of the best teams in world football and in doing so he wants a stadium to compliment the team.

The Mirror said...

One of the plans being discussed is to add another tier and 30,000 seats to take the capacity of the City of Manchester Stadium to almost 80,000. City's bitter rivals Manchester United currently have the biggest ground in the Premier League, with Old Trafford able to hold 75,769.

Feasibility studies are being conducted to formulate how Eastlands' 47,726 capacity can be increased.

Filling 80,000 seats week in week out is going to be a tall order but I suppose with the demise of the red half of Manchester virtually certain once Sir Alex retires I can only envisage several thousand rags defecting to the only real team in Manchester.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 5 2010

Time: 9:50PM

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If you build it they will come....
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05/04/2010 22:00:00 laugh at how empty it is.
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05/04/2010 22:14:00

80,000? Liverpool couldnt fill that every week let alone City. Your stadiums great as it is, an increase would be a bad thing for you i think.
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05/04/2010 22:17:00

It easy to make it full,Bring players from Korea, China & india, I am sure you will not find one set empty in all games .
city 81
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05/04/2010 22:48:00

City Of Manchester Stadium WILL Dwarf Old Trafford
Super City Slicker
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05/04/2010 22:53:00

Nice to see your 60000 capacity gaffe full for the Wolves match at the weekend there nikolaijns (erm, quite a long way from full in truth). What's the matter, the city bankers not get their bonuses until the end of the month? Or are they looking for another club to support after your humbling by Barca the other night?
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05/04/2010 23:21:00

HY - aren't Tottenham planning a 60000 capacity stadium in the next few seasons? Large gate receipts make you large profits, so even if (like the arsenal) you sometimes can't fill the ground, itt proves a winner in the long run.
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05/04/2010 23:23:00

60,000 is ok, but 80,000 is excessive
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06/04/2010 00:25:00

80,000 would make it a stadium that could host champions league finals etc. We might not fill it immediately, but what a status symbol to have! it would be massively intimidating to other clubs. To be big, you have to think big.
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06/04/2010 02:39:00

Nice to hear from you again City 81, hope you are OK: Arthur, The swamp is 76,000, If we get to be half as sucess, we will be able to fill it.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/04/2010 05:35:00

Man City management is deluded if they think they can fill 80,000 every week. The assumption inherent in the stadium expansion is that Citeh will win over a lot more fans who will in turn attend games over an entire season. Even assuming that Mansour's oil money buys you success like the Lotto Chavs in the next 3 years most of the fans will be based abroad and will watch your games on television/ internet streams. The current waiting list for season ticket holders at Citeh is not overwhelming as is the case at Liverpool or Arsenal. Even the Spuds are a better supported team than Citeh overall. No way will the 80,000 capacity happen, let alone work.
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06/04/2010 07:28:00

City are currently the third best supported team in terms of match day attendances in the premier league (behind the rags & L'arse - Spuds come in a measly 9th BTW). They both have bigger stadia and Champions League football. So putting 2+2 together, if we make the champions league we'll most likely need a bigger stadium to cater for the increased interest.
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06/04/2010 10:47:00

Forgot to say - third in the attendance league for a team that's won chuff-all in 3 decades is pretty damned good going. If we have that kind of hard core loyalty imagine what a bit of success will do for the attendance figures?
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06/04/2010 11:10:00

PS> deltaforce - where is your info on season ticket waiting lists coming from? Have tried to search the internet for it but not had much luck.
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06/04/2010 11:11:00

FCB yes 57,000 its gonna be, but weve a 22,000 waiting list for tickets for every 36,000 home match. Im sure you guys could fill 60,000 in the future, but 80,000 would be pointless imo thats all.
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06/04/2010 13:16:00

60,000 maybe we would need a champagne supa nova for 80k I'd like tru fans there not necessarily shoppers at this stage
Once a Blue
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06/04/2010 22:09:00

Even as a gooner I can admit sp*rs' fanbase will see them not overly struggling to get 57k in matchdays. So several k of season ticket holders didn't exactly cream their kecks at turning up for wolves, no sleep lost on the part of the board there and since our relocation the turnout has exceeded even the hardest of cynics' grumbles . Hand on heart you lads seriously think you won't struggle to even remotely get close to 80 thousand on the regular? Even with CL - which I wouldn't be surprised you can achieve if Tevez and Adebayor keep form, that's a massive massive ask - even with the thousands of defecting glory hunting kent dwellers who let's face it only make it to Old Trollop a max of twice a season.
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06/04/2010 23:56:00


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