Plans for Etihad Stadium Expansion revealed


Plans for Etihad Stadium Expansion revealed


After the completion of the project, the capacity of the Etihad Stadium will rise from 47,500 to 62,170 thus making it the second biggest venue in the Premier League.


The expansion of the stadium will be done in two stages; the overall height of the South and North stands will be increased to accommodate an additional 6,250 seats on each stand.


The architect of the Olympic Stadium, Populous, is responsible for the project designs and the football club is hoping to start works in February, with the completion date expected to be in 2015/16 season.


One of the potential construction partners, Laing O’Rourke, is currently working close with Manchester City on its regeneration scheme in Beswick.


After public consultation with fans and local residents, the football club will submit a planning application to Manchester City Council.


Man City’s head of infrastructure, Pete Bradshaw, said: “Manchester City Football Club strives to provide its supporters and visiting fans with one of the best possible matchday experiences in the Premier League and European football. Games are selling out frequently prior to going on open sale and there is rising demand from supporters for more season tickets, matchday tickets and premium seating. This is why we are considering these expansion proposals.


“We will be in touch with every fan who would be potentially affected by the changes in phase 1, and we encourage fans, residents and anyone who has a point of view, to visit the exhibition in person or online and tell us what they think.”


Photo: Manchester Evening News