Manchester City are looking to increase the capacity of the Etihad Stadium to 54,000 in the coming years.

The Blues are set to discuss plans for a proposed £50 million expansion of the ground which would see a 6,000-seater third tier added on the South Stand. The club want to speak to local residents for their views on the work before submitting planning permission.

A consultation on the project was recently given the green light by board members following a meeting in London on Saturday (May 18th) and if all goes accordingly, a planning application could be submitted by August with the new stand stand being finished in time for the 2015/16 season.

The Etihad Stadium currently holds just over 47,000 spectators but is dwarfed by the likes of Old Trafford, The Emirates, St James' Park and even Sunderland's Stadium of Light. The first stage of adding a third tier on the South Stand will potentially be followed with similar work taking place on the North Stand, taking the overall capacity to 60,000.

City explained that in light of escalating matchday costs for the average supporter, they hope to provide a number of cheap seasoncards costing around £300 in the new section of the ground, Manchester Evening News reports.

Despite failing to regain their Premier League crown, City sold out all but one of their home matches highlighting the increasing demand to watch stars such as Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Joe Hart.

Its been an indifferent season for the former champions as they lost out to bitter rivals Manchester United in the league finishing second, lost the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic and also had a poor showing in the Champions League. Manager Roberto Mancini was recently sacked and speculation is rife as to who will be taking over in time for the new season.

Despite the turbulent campaign, attendances have stayed at a high level and these figures have prompted the club to look to expand the ground for the coming seasons.

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