(WFI) A planned regeneration of the area near Etihad Stadium could add 6,000 new homes.
The Manchester city council is working to improve the area around Manchester City’s home stadium. The total investment could come to one billion pounds.
The club already plans to increase stadium capacity from 47,670 to over 62,000.
The city is working with Abu Dhabi United Group, which owns the club, on the project. The first phase would include at least 830 new homes, which would be rented out privately.
Councilman Richard Leese calls the potential development “the single biggest residential investment Manchester has seen for a generation.”
Other recent investment in the stadium area includes a tram extension, healthcare facilities, a school, and a remodeled retail park.
Sinkhole Opens in World Cup City
Heavy rainfall has caused a sinkhole to open in one of the Brazilian cities hosting matches at the FIFA World Cup.
The sinkhole in Natal first appeared last week in a favela about four miles from the Arena das Dunas and has continued to grow. Nearly 150 families have been evacuated, according to the Associated Press. No deaths or injuries have been reported, though homes and property have been destroyed.
An aide to Brazil president Dilma Rousseff is supervising the relief efforts. Additional homes may have to be razed before the area can be stabilized.
The city is hosting its fourth World Cup match on Tuesday as Italy and Uruguay square. It previously saw tilts between Mexico and Cameroon, the United States and Ghana, and Japan and Greece.
Boston Mayor Open to New MLS Venue
If the mayor of Boston has his way, the city’s Major League Soccer team may have its own home.
As it stands, the New England Revolution share a stadium with the city’s American football team, the New England Patriots, in the Boston suburbs.
However, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says there could be a place for a new stadium in the city, calling it “something I’d be interested in.”
“I’m open to a lot of ideas,” Walsh said, according to the Boston Business Journal. “It’s about the growth of Boston. It’s something I wouldn’t turn down. There will have to be a lot of discussions about the location.
“I don’t know where it would go. We will have to see.”
Club executive Jonathan Kraft has voiced a desire for a soccer-specific stadium, specifically one with fewer seats and better access to public transit.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin