November 21 -Manchester City have opened discussion with fan groups about the planned expansion of the club’s Etihad stadium from its current capacity of 55,000 to 63,000.
The expansion would make the Etihad the second-biggest stadium in the Premier League behind city rivals Manchester United, whose Old Trafford holds 75,000.
The club’s current thinking is to turn the North (Family) Stand into a two-tier development. While the new stand would add corporate areas, the club says it is keen to make the stadium affordable to the average fan with the possibility of safe standing areas being part of the new capacity mix.
The club emphasises that no decisions have been taken on expansion. However, in term of timescale, construction is expected to take two years which would mean that if City began work next summer the redeveloped Etihad Stadium could be ready in time for the 2021/22 season. This ties in with a wider development being undertaken by the local government around the so-called Etihad complex.
No price ha been put on the construction.
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