City of Manchester Stadium


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CLIENT: Manchester City Council
CAPACITY: 38,000 Commonwealth Games
50,000 Legacy
VALUE: £120 million
SERVICE: Full Architectural Services
STATUS: Complete


Manchester, UK
City of Manchester Stadium

Dipesh Patel was Project Director and Lindsay Johnston was Project Architect for this stadium while employed by Arup Associates.

The City of Manchester Stadium hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games and in 2003 became the home for Manchester City Football Club. It was initially built as an athletics stadium for the Commonwealth Games, and was then transformed into a football stadium for Manchester City F.C. by digging down one level and adding a permanent end-stand.

The stadium is built on a brownfield site, as part of a wider regeneration programme providing elite and community sport and leisure facilities. Special consideration has been given to spectator comfort and security, and the smooth operation of the building. Access ramps spiral around concrete towers, which house plants as well as supporting the masts and stabilising the building. The undulating ‘saddle shape’ roof covers every seat and is supported by an innovative pre-stressed cable net, which allowed phased construction of the roof — for athletics and then football. The high sides provide protection from prevailing winds and low sun angles whilst providing a concentration of seats in the areas most favoured by spectators.