The Etihad Stadium, simply Eastlands, was designed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the beginning. After the match, the stadium has become a stadium for club Manchester City since the 2003-04 season. As the fourth-biggest stadium in Premier League and the eighth-biggest one in UK, Etihad Stadium could accommodate 55,097 spectators at a time. The original stadium with 38,000 capacity was expanded to a larger stadium with 48,000 seat at the cost of £22 million from city council and £20 million jointly.
From 2003-04 season, Manchester City chartered the four-biggest football stadium in Premier League from Manchester City Council. For the sake of sponsorship, the stadium’s name was changed to Etihad Stadium in the next ten years. From then on, the football stadium began to conduct feasibility study in expanding it. They planned to add a complete third tier to the stadium, finishing with only adding the third tier to the stand behind goals. If the existing seats could not meet the demands of spectators, the stadium would like to raise capacity to the 61,000 seats or so.
The area around the Etihad Stadium is not the most suitable one for shopping or else commercial activities. Besides several weird pubs, I would like to recommend several good places for eating, drinking and shopping to meet the demands of some football fans in purchasing cheap football shirts & kits. One can eat or drink some good dishes in the areas or just go the downtown by taking metro-link.