Man City Chairman Confirms Stadium Naming Rights For Sale

May 20, 2011

English Premier League soccer club Manchester City has confirmed that it is looking to sell naming rights for its City of Manchester Stadium after chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak said the club’s FA Cup Final victory and Champions League success had made the club more attractive to sponsors.

Al-Mubarak added that the big spenders of the English game would be “exploring every single commercial avenue” after qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time and winning its first trophy for 35 years with the 1-0 FA Cup victory over Stoke.

The chairman said: “I believe we have a bigger commercial opportunity, including naming rights all for the benefit of maintaining the strength of the squad.

“And also for maintaining the financial strength of this company.”

The City of Manchester Stadium was originally designed as part of Manchester’s bid to host the 2000 Olympics and was the centrepiece of the city’s 2002 Commonwealth Games.

After the Games, it was converted for use by Manchester City who relocated from their long-time home at Maine Road

The ground is owned by Manchester City Council, not the club, though a Manchester Council spokesman declined to comment on whether the council would get a share of the naming rights deal.