Academy Stadium

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Academy Stadium
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Full nameManchester City Academy Stadium
Location Sportcity, Manchester, England
Coordinates 53°28′52″N2°11′34″W / 53.48111°N 2.19278°W / 53.48111; -2.19278 Coordinates: 53°28′52″N2°11′34″W / 53.48111°N 2.19278°W / 53.48111; -2.19278
Owner Manchester City F.C.
Operator Manchester City F.C.
Capacity 7,000 [1]
Surface Natural grass
Opened8 December 2014
Construction cost£200 million (total value of training facilities)
Architect Rafael Vinoly
Main contractors BAM Construction
Manchester City F.C. EDS and Academy
Manchester City W.F.C.

Academy Stadium is a football stadium in Manchester, England, forming part of the Etihad Campus. Announced on 19 September 2011 as part of an 80-acre training facility to cater for around 400 youth players at a time, [2] the campus was completed in late 2014 and unveiled on 8 December 2014. [3] The stadium, known simply as Academy Stadium, was inaugurated by students of Manchester Metropolitan University, who played the official first games on the pitch on 14 December 2014. [4]

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Etihad Campus is an area of Sportcity, Manchester which is mostly owned and operated by Manchester City Football Club. The campus includes the Etihad Stadium, the City Football Academy (CFA) training facility and club world headquarters, and undeveloped land adjacent to both of these facilities. These two main portions of the campus site are linked by a 60-metre landmark pedestrian walkway/footbridge that spans the junction of Alan Turing Way and Ashton New Road. The term Etihad Campus embraces both the stadium - which already existed when the name was coined in 2010 - as well as much of the surrounding undeveloped land that existed at that time, although the term is also frequently used as a direct synonym for just the CFA portion.

Although not the biggest building of the facility the stadium still features numerous facilities more common to larger stadia, including a press room, board room, offices and retail space. [3] [5] Situated only 400 metres from the City of Manchester Stadium, the Academy Stadium is linked to the mother ground via a 190-metre bridge across the intersection of Ashton New Road and Alan Turing Way. [6]

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The stadium is the new home stadium of the Elite Development Squad and other senior academy teams, and also of Manchester City Women. In 2016, it was used as one of the two venues for that year's World Rugby Under 20 Championship in rugby union, alongside AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. [7]

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