English football club Manchester City have been given the permission they need to rename their stadium. The club needed council approval to sell the naming rights to the 47,000 seater City of Manchester Stadium. The stadium was originally built for the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 and then converted for football at a cost of £30 million, to allow City to move in from Maine Road in 2003. Also known as Eastland’s, people have jokingly referred to the stadium as “The Middle Eastlands” after they were taken
over by billionaire group Abu Dhabi United. Main club sponsor Etihad are favorites to buy the naming rights, The airline have sponsored City’s shirt since 2009. Fellow premier league club Arsenal sold the naming rights to their new stadium to Emirates in 2004 in a deal worth 100 million pounds for 15 years.