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Man City’s Ambitious Stadium Overhaul Set to Outshine Even the Mightiest of Rivals, Arsenal and Man United

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Man City’s Ambitious Stadium Overhaul Set to Outshine Even the Mightiest of Rivals, Arsenal and Man United

Man City announce Etihad Stadium revamp which will rival Arsenal and Man United

Manchester City wants to extend the Etihad Stadium and build a new entertainment complex behind the North Stand.

Today saw the release of the first concept sketches for Manchester City’s proposed North Stand expansion and new fan zone at the Etihad Stadium.

In December, City announced plans to undertake feasibility studies to increase the Etihad’s capacity to over 60,000 and transform the stadium into an all-year entertainment destination. Fans and members of the general public were encouraged to weigh in on the addition of thousands more seats in the North Stand, as well as the construction of a new City Square fan zone, a museum, and a hotel as part of the expansion.

The club has now released concept ideas for the extended North Stand, as well as the covered fan zone and other facilities, and a new round of fan and community consultation has begun.

A third tier was built to the South Stand when City added 7,000 seats in 2015, identical to the three-tiered stands that run along both sides of the pitch. The North Stand sketches, on the other hand, depict an expanded second tier over the current first tier, giving that end of the field a distinct appearance.

The North Stand enlargement would be fully linked with proposed expansion into the current City Square area, with a covered fan zone for 3,000 before and after games, in addition to additional capacity. The new City Square would have a range of food and beverage establishments, as well as a new club store, museum, and hotel. The designs would also provide some workspace for small and medium-sized firms.

If a planning application is submitted and accepted, the construction would take three years, with works staggered to minimize interruption throughout the football season, meaning the proposed renovations would not be completed until 2026 at the earliest.

According to City, matchday travel measures are now being investigated in order to improve existing services, and the club is investigating alternate routes for spectators to commute to and from the stadium. Local residents will be prioritized for training, recruiting, and employment possibilities, according to the club.

The suggestions come as work proceeds on the Co-op Live arena right behind the North Stand, which is backed by City’s owners, the City Football Group, and is scheduled to open in December 2023. In addition to the stadium ambitions, City intend to make the Etihad Campus a year-round entertainment and leisure destination.

The Etihad Stadium now houses 53,400 people, and City claims that the new designs would increase capacity to over 60,000. Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium seats 75,000 people, whereas Tottenham Hotspur Stadium seats 62,000. Liverpool’s current Anfield extension will increase their capacity to 61,000, while Arsenal and West Ham have capacities of roughly 60,000.

Fans and members of the local community will be able to provide feedback and comments on the proposals, and from March 4 to March 26, a temporary exhibition space will be open in City Square. 

In addition, three consultation events will be held in East Manchester in the following weeks:

Beswick Library, March 9, 3-6:30 p.m.

The National Cycling Centre’s Foyer – March 13, 3-7pm

Miles Platting Church of the Apostles, March 15th, 3.30-6.30pm.

Man City announce Etihad Stadium revamp which will rival Arsenal and Man United

Man City’s Ambitious Stadium Overhaul Set to Outshine Even the Mightiest of Rivals, Arsenal and Man United

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