Manchester City wants to increase the capacity of the Etihad Stadium to more than 60,000 seats, that is, to add approximately 7,000 new seats. In addition, the club project also includes a hotel, museum, fan zone, new official store and other facilities.
The club estimate the plans will take up to three years to complete, as part of a £300m plan to invest in East Manchester, as well as create 2,600 new jobs.
“Over several months we have developed concepts and designs for the ideal crowd experience, year-round leisure and entertainment destination at Etihad Stadium and are delighted to present the plan to Manchester City Council,” said Manchester City managing director. Danny Wilson.
The Etihad Stadium was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has been the city’s home stadium since 2003. A refurbishment in 2015 added 6,000 seats and the stadium is currently the fifth highest capacity in the Premier League.
Last week, it was added to the list of potential hosts should the UK and Ireland’s joint bid to host Euro 2028 be successful, with the bid already signaling a planned new capacity of 61,000.
“As with all club developments, ensuring the interest of the local community is a key priority and we believe these proposals will provide long-term economic and social opportunities,” concluded Danny.
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