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Picture of the day: City of Manchester Stadium first opened

:Headline: Picture of the day: City of Manchester Stadium first opened:
Manchester City took over the venue in 2003 on a 250-year lease.

Built prior to failed British bids for the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics, the City of Manchester Stadium was first opened to the public when the city hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Despite protests from athletics greats Jonathan Edwards and Sebastian Coe, the arena was converted to a football stadium, with the seating amended and the running track removed.

Signing a 250-year agreement, Manchester City then began leasing the stadium from the council, playing their first games there at the beginning of the 2003-04 season.

After the club changed hands in 2008 and became one of the wealthiest sporting clubs in the world, the stadium was expanded and improved in various phases to increase the capacity to over 55,000.

In 2010, the club's lease on the stadium was renegotiated to include naming rights in return for an increased rent.

The venue was renamed the Etihad Stadium in 2011 to reflect the club's 10-year deal with kit sponsors Etihad Airways.

Further developments were proposed in 2018, with the club consulting season ticket holders about expansion plans that could increase the stadium's capacity to 63,000, potentially making it the nation's third largest club ground behind Old Trafford and the London Stadium.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd391813867373067
4Chelsea392061370571366
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Everton401411154858-1053
12Southampton38157165160-952
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
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