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Manchester City to pay council £2m a year for stadium naming rights

Manchester City will pay just £2m a year to their local council in return for control of the naming rights to the Eastlands stadium, which was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games with £112m of lottery and public money. Agreeing that payment to the council allowed City to conclude their 10-year deal with Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, for an estimated £35m a year, which includes naming rights to the stadium, the proposed 80-acre training "campus" alongside it, and City's shirts.

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