Manchester City Council has called on English Premier League football club Manchester City to make sure littering, parking problems and anti-social behaviour are kept to a minimum during major events at the Etihad Stadium, its home ground.
The Stone Roses, AC/DC and Coldplay have performed to sold-out crowds at the stadium this summer, with local residents having expressed concerns to the council about such problems.
Council leader Sir Richard Leese says the Parklife music festival, which is held at Manchester’s Heaton Park, should be used as an example for the Etihad to follow.
“I think we have seen elsewhere in the city comparable events where we have really managed to get right the way that those are stewarded and managed,” Leese said, according to local newspaper the Manchester Evening News. “I think particularly of Parklife. As somebody who lives nine minutes’ walk from Heaton Park, over the last two years it’s had virtually no impact on most residents at all – and the number of complaints has gone down very, very significantly.
“All of that has been paid for by Parklife organisers and I think we ought to enter into discussions with the Etihad and indeed other organisers of events across the city to ensure we have the right arrangements in place.”