City academy opens

A project team led by Bam Construction has completed the £100m Manchester City FC training academy, with 16 football pitches and a 7,000-capacity stadium linked to the Etihad Stadium by a new 190-metre bridge.

Manchester City FC AcademyThe academy was formally opened by Chancellor George Osborne during a visit to the city on Monday. He toured the 80-acre site with club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

The club said 70% of the workforce during construction were local and 80% of the project cost was spent locally in 883 contracts.

There will be 450 players using the facilities each week, starting with the under-6s up to the first team.

For a full list of the project team visit the club website here.

The academy is part of a wider 200-acre Etihad Campus programme. The main stadium is currently being expanded with Laing O'Rourke on site with the second of three phases which would take the capacity to 61,000, the second largest in the Premier League.

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