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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 February, 2004, 07:26 GMT
Demolition begins at Maine Road
Manchester's Maine Road stadium
End of an era for Manchester's Maine Road
Work is to begin on the demolition of Manchester City Football Club's former home ground.

The club played their last game at the Maine Road stadium in Rusholme in May 2003, before moving to their new home at The City of Manchester Stadium.

Contractors began preparing for the demolition last November, stripping the stadium of seats, carpets and fittings.

Developers plan to regenerate the area, building around 300 new houses and community facilities.

Opportunity for regeneration

Councillor Richard Leese said: "As a City fan it will be a melancholy occasion for me but the club have a fantastic new home in the City of Manchester Stadium, which has been a major spur to the regeneration of East Manchester.

"In a different way, the Maine Road site provides an excellent opportunity to boost the regeneration of Moss Side and Rusholme."

He added: "This famous stadium may be being demolished, but this development will play a major part in making this area an even more successful, welcoming and vibrant community."

The proposals include plans for 300 new homes plus community buildings with health care facilities at their core.

The housing will be aimed at a wide variety of occupiers, ranging from large family units to accommodation for elderly people.

Demolition work is due to be completed by late summer.


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16 Jan 03  |  England


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