Manchester City submit Etihad expansion plans
Manchester City have lodged plans to expand capacity at the Etihad Stadium.
The former Premier League champions want to add an extra 14,500 seats to the ground to meet the demand of their supporters. The stadium currently has a capacity of 47,500, some way off the over 75,000 at Manchester United and 60,000 at Arsenal, but once completed it will hold 62,170 making it the second largest ground in Premier League.
Construction Enquirer reports that the work will be carried out over two stages and involve both the North and South stands. An extra tier, comprising of 6,250 seats, will be added to each stand which will increase the overall height of the stadium. It will also mirror the East and West stands which currently have three tiers.
Once completed, the
Etihad will echo the aesthetics of stadia such as Arsenal's Emirates Stadium,
Allianz Arena and
Wembley. All of these have three tiers all the way around with the middle tier normally reserved for VIP boxes and hospitality. Construction Enquirer reported that
Laing O'Rourke is believed to be taking over as construction partner and will be heavily involved in the project.
The expansion of the Etihad Stadium is just one small part of Manchester City's overall vision for regenerating the overall area around their ground.
The club is already working on the creation of a state-of-the-art training facility, Etihad Campus, which is designed to nurture the best young talent ready for the first team. The site includes a host of training pitches along with a new reserve team stadium, it would mean an end for the second string playing their matches at nearby Hyde FC.
Transport links have also been improved with the opening of the Etihad Campus Metrolink stop meaning supporters can have easier access to the stadium on a matchday.
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Date: 03/12/2013 12:58:00
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