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Manchester City Football Club unveils Etihad Stadium expansion plans

14 Jul 2013 (Last Updated July 14th, 2013 18:30)

Manchester City Football Club in the UK has unveiled expansion plans of the Etihad Stadium, which could cost approximately £50m.

Etihad Stadium

Manchester City Football Club in the UK has unveiled expansion plans of the Etihad Stadium, which could cost approximately £50m.

The club has launched a consultation for the development to gather views of fans and local residents.

Phase one would see the expansion of the south stand alone to increase capacity to about 54,000, while the second option proposes expansion of both the south and north stands simultaneously to increase capacity to around 60,000.

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

The club said after getting planning permission, it intends to first proceed with the development of the south stand.

Manchester City Football Club could also adopt a phased or concurrent approach to carry out additional construction for an extension to the north stand.

Initial public discussions will run throughout July and August, before formal proposals will be submitted later this year, ahead of the club submitting their planning application in December.

"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."

Manchester City Football Club head of infrastructure and corporate responsibility Pete Bradshaw said the expansion proposals were drawn-up to meet demand from supporters for more season tickets, matchday tickets and new seating.

"We will be in touch with every fan who would be potentially affected by the changes in phase one, 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," Bradshaw added.

The stadium was developed as part of the 2002 Commonwealth Games while 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, which are currently under construction.

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


Image: Etihad Stadium was developed as part of the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Photo: courtesy of Manchester City Football Club.