There hasn’t been a revolution in East Manchester since the mills went up in the early 1800’s, but in recent years there has been a wave of new development, and rather than the red-brick, the colour is well and truly blue.
Manchester City’s plans to increase their capacity to around 61,000 have been hugely welcomed by Manchester City Council and residents as the club looks to deepen its roots in the community. Apartments and retail outlets have all popped up over the years in the area, whilst the Commonwealth Games and National Cycling Centre have made it the north’s hub for all things sport.
And City plan to continue that. Work is already well underway across the road from the Etihad Stadium on the new training campus, and is all set to not only see the world’s finest athletes, and Demichelis, develop their skills there, but also play a vital part in the community.
The club, alongside Manchester City council have put £1 billion into the Eastlands site, and it’s likely that more amenities will follow as a focal point for thousands of residents and tourists continues to emerge just ten minutes outside of the city centre.
An entertainment complex could almost certainly be a part of that. There is already a thriving restaurant scene in the UK’s third most visited city, and with many coming to enjoy the football, the chance to keep people in the area would be a huge boost economically.
Of course the area is no stranger to plans of entertainment complexes, back in 2008 there was a proposed Super Casino in the area, which could once again develop, particularly with the rise of online gaming on sites such as Full Tilt Poker, whilst the likes of Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers in the region have cinemas and retail complexes beside them.
The creation of jobs in the area will no doubt be key to any further development. The new building work at the stadium is expected to create 160 temporary jobs and a further 110 matchday positions once completed, and any further development will only increase the employment rates in surrounding areas.
City’s focus is seemingly community driven, and if it’s as successful and exciting as the team on the field, then the East Manchester revolution will no doubt continue for many blue moons to come.