Things are looking very rosy at Eastlands.
Manchester City is at the heart of a £1bn plan to create a world class sports and leisure complex and elevate the club into the global elite.
The massive scheme will transform one of Manchester’s poorest areas and create thousands of jobs for local people.
Two-hundred acres of land around the Blues’ Eastlands stadium will be redeveloped with plans for a club training base to rival AC Milan’s.
The M.E.N has also learnt that an extension to the City of Manchester Stadium’s north stand, which would boost capacity to 60,000, is on the cards.
Community leisure facilities and visitor attractions – including shops, a luxury hotel and restaurants – are also expected to feature in the scheme.
The plans are expected to attract £1billion worth of investment from private backers and Manchester City’s billionaire Abu Dhabi owner, Sheikh Mansour, who took over in 2008. (Manchester Evening News)
As Manchester City battle hard to clinch that all important top four spot it appears that those behind the scenes are making plans to build the Eastlands outfit into an even more attractive prospect for investment. Given that the City of Manchester Stadium is relatively new it is a little surprising that the club is looking to expand so quickly but I guess it makes good business sense. If you can sell out a stadium bigger than the one you currently have then it makes solid financial sense to provide more seats and if the club can manage to continue their upwards progression in the Premier League then this can only be a good thing.
The danger is however that money is thrown too quickly into the mix and the organic growth of the team can be stifled. I.e. bringing in even more big money players before the current crop has had a chance to bed in can be an expensive mistake. Another mistake would be to make another managerial change but things under Roberto Mancini seems solid enough and these latest plans to grow redevelop the stadium should further please those Man City fans who remember the dark days of League One!