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Manchester City seeks nod for Etihad Stadium upgrade

Manchester City is planning a $370m expansion of the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City is planning a $370m expansion of the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City FC has submitted a planning application to increase seating capacity to over 60,000 at the Etihad Stadium.

The proposed upgrades will be part of the expanded North Stand, including a 3,000-capacity covered fan zone, a sky bar, a 400-bed hotel and a museum.

“Over several months, we have been developing concepts and designs for a best-in-class fan experience and year-round entertainment and leisure destination at the Etihad Stadium and are delighted to have now submitted a planning application to Manchester City council,” said Danny Wilson, managing director of Manchester City operations, in a statement.

“As with all club developments, ensuring our local community benefit is a key priority and we believe these proposals will deliver long-term economic and social opportunities,” he added.

The Premier League champions’ plan also includes a modest workspace for startup and medium-sized organisations that co-locate and collaborate with the club, City Football Group and Etihad Campus partners.

More than £300 million ($372.60 million) will be invested in East Manchester over the course of the construction project, which will take up to three years to complete. About 2,600 jobs will be created in Greater Manchester.

The stadium, originally built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, has the fifth-largest capacity in the Premier League, after Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and West Ham United.