The 48,000 City of Manchester Stadium (also known as Eastlands) was opened in 2002 as home to the CommonWealth games. Now the home of Manchester City, Eastlands can be seen as the first of the new generation of stadia in England.
Situated a 15 minute walk from Manchester city centre, Eastlands offers football fans an unparalleled facilities and an incredible view where ever you are sat. There literally isn’t a bad seat in the house. Sit near the front and you feel completely involved in the game. Sit in the upper tier and you get a fantastic overall view.
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One criticism aimed at the new generation of football stadia in England is the lack of atmosphere that is generated compared with the traditional football grounds. Eastlands breaks this mould. Initially City fans were against the move from Maine Road. However, now the team has been there for a few seasons – and is finally playing some half decent football, the locals are much more settled and the atmosphere generated can be just as fierce as it used to be at Maine Road.
The success of Eastlands has been already been rewarded as the stadium is set to host the 2008 UEFA Cup Final. There are also rumours of the next Ricky Hatton fight taking place there this summer. This gives the new stadium some much needed history, even though it is still in its infancy.
Eastlands may not be the biggest stadium in Manchester, but in terms of the overall package to the football fan I would argue that it offers more as a potential world cup venue than City’s friends down the road.