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Manchester City to hold public consultation on stadium expansion

Manchester City to hold public consultation on stadium expansion
Manchester City are set to hold a public consultation on a possible expansion project at the Etihad Stadium.

The club have sent emails to supporters inviting them and local residents to view the plans at an exhibition today (July 12th). City want to add over 12,000 seats to the stadium taking capacity in excess of 60,000 and making it the third-biggest ground in the Premier League behind Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and Manchester United's Old Trafford.

Officials explained that supporters will be able to benefit from season tickets at a cost-price of £300 although the plans suggest that one-in-three seats will be a new "premium" seat. The expansion has been regarded as a necessity from board members as the former Premier League champions saw the stadium more than 99 per cent full for every league match.

The club is assessing two different construction options with the first being the expansion of the South Stand alone (phase 1), taking the capacity to 54,000, or increase the size of both the South and North Stands at the same time (phase 1 and 2), taking the Etihad to around 60,000. However, City are keen on developing the South Stand as priority.

Pete Bradshaw, head of infrastructure and corporate responsibility; 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."

Fans will be asked to complete a questionnaire on the redevelopment which, if approved, will help the club increase matchday revenue.

City are already gearing up for the 2013/14 season and have made two big money signings to bolster the squad. Midfielder Fernandinho has arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30 million while winger Jesus Navas has been snapped up from Sevilla for £15 million.

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Date: 12/07/2013 09:52:00

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