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March 31, 2014

Manchester City FC selects Laing O’Rourke for Etihad expansion

Manchester City Football Club in the UK has selected Laing O'Rourke as the construction partner for the expansion of the Etihad Stadium.

Etihad stadium

Manchester City Football Club in the UK has selected Laing O’Rourke as the construction partner for the expansion of the Etihad Stadium.

The project will enable the football club to increase its stadium capacity from 48,000 to 54,000 people and to expand the facilities.

Phase one of construction will see the south stand expanded by around 6,000 seats while development of the north stand during the second and later phases of construction will take the stadium to a capacity of 60,000.

US-based architectural firm Populous has worked with the football club from the initial feasibility stages of the project.

The architectural firm will now oversee the construction phase of the project with Laing O’Rourke.

"We look forward to seeing a sell-out 54,000-seat stadium as we open the 2015 season." 

Manchester City FC chief commercial officer Tom Glick said the expansion of the stadium is a significant moment for city.

"The waiting list for the expanded Etihad is already close to capacity and we look forward to seeing a sell-out 54,000-seat stadium as we open the 2015 season," Glick said.

"Manchester City Football Club strives to provide its supporters and visiting fans with one of the best possible match day experiences in the Premier League and European football."

Etihad Stadium currently has a capacity to accommodate about 47,500 spectators, including 2,500 hospitality seats.

The stadium was developed as part of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the club moved into the facility in 2003.

In 2008, the stadium started several development projects such as City Square Fan Zone, the City Home Offices and the City Football Academy.

In mid 2011, the stadium and the site surrounding the ground were named as the Etihad Campus.


Image: The project will enable the football club to increase its stadium capacity from 48,000 to 54,000. Photo: courtesy of Populous.

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