MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Manchester City says it will rename its City of Manchester Stadium the Etihad Stadium in a 10-year sponsorship with the Abu Dhabi-based airline.
City's will become the sixth branded stadium in the English Premier League, with Arsenal, Bolton, Stoke, Wigan and newcomer Swansea having sold naming rights to their grounds.
City did not say how much the deal was worth.
Arsenal's 15-year agreement with Emirates was valued at about 100 million pounds ($159 million) in 2004, and included an eight-year shirt sponsorship. Etihad already has its name on City's shirts.
City announced a 121 million pound ($193 million) loss in its most recent annual report, but the sponsorship should help it meet UEFA's financial fair play regulations.