Friday, September 14th, 2012
Manchester City have today released their plans for a new training complex, which has already been billed by City’s Football Development Executive, Patrick Vieira, as “the best project around in all sports.”
The reigning Premier League champions has supported their new plans with the following numbers and statements:
Manchester City are set to invest £100 million-plus on their training facility, which is set to be ready for business in time for the 2014-15 season.
The complex will cover an 80-acre area, and will transform an industrial wasteland into an academy with 16.5 pitches (the 0.5 is just for goalkeepers), as well as a 7,000-capacity stadium for youth and reserve team matches.
5.5 acres of the complex is being set aside for Manchester city council, who will inherit a state of the art sixth form college.
The Citizens are also set to plant 2000 trees in the development, whilst there will be water irrigation systems that will ensure the rainwater is caught and reused.
It all sounds ambitious, aspirational and hugely exciting, and below you can see the incredible blueprints for the project in a video released by Man City’s official YouTube channel.
A supplementary video giving more details on the new Manchester City training complex can be seen here.