Manchester City Council

Blue Friday

Out to East Manchester for a press launch which seems to have been already covered by every national newspaper, but the press conference is packed. Earlier this year, the City Council, supported by Sport England, who have a major stake in the stadium and surrounding sports facilities, agreed a new rental agreement with Manchester City FC. The agreement replaced one in which rental fluctuated with attendances, to one where rent was higher, guaranteed and upwardly mobile. In return MCFC were able to market the naming rights, and today was the official announcement that for the next ten years it will be the Etihad Stadium in the Etihad Campus.

The obvious question is what benefit does the city itself get from all of this. We already have a good relationship with Etihad who will be opening their European Customer Contact Centre, bringing the jobs that go with it, in Manchester, early next year. This week they announced that their service to Abu Dhabi will become twice daily, improving air access from Manchester to China, India and the Middle East. They will become a partner with us and MCFC in supporting regeneration and community development in East Manchester. Next week, as well as finalising the revised strategic framework for East Manchester which includes working together to bring major employment generating activity to the area around the stadium, we will also commence consultation on a community programme. The programme will encompass sport, education and training, and jobs and much of it will only be fundable because of the revised rental agreement. With the central government regeneration funding taps turned off half way through what is a twenty year programme, this is a real lifeline for keeping the progress we have already made going in this part of the city.

There are 4 responses to “Blue Friday”

  1. Nowt New, Then... Says:

    I was a trifle disappointed when I heard the news this morning because the stadium would lose the 'Manchester' branding. HOWEVER, excellent Blog, and now I hear of the bigger picture, I think it's really good news. I'm particularly proud, and grateful, that Etihad have chosen Manchester to do so much business, and bring in so much money and jobs to this City when there were so many to chose from around Europe. It's only right that their commitment is reciprocated as far as possible.

  2. franky Says:

    Its sad that we have to beg business to provide the infrastructure for jobs instead of public investment. Still I expect nothing less from this miserable government!

  3. Blue Says:

    @ Frankly
    I don't believe anyone has begged Ethiad to invest in Manchester and Manchester City. What is wrong with £400M of foreign investment. I don't want public money invested in football clubs. MCC have made good business here and they should be congratulated.

  4. goodwork Says:

    good business move/revenue into the city. RL in good form with this blog post



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