Plans submitted for €340 million upgrade of Manchester City’s football stadium
By Mike Hayes19 April 2023
The owners of the UK’s Manchester City Football Club have submitted plans for the expansion of the Etihad Stadium, which will bring its capacity up to more than 60,000.
The proposal would see the capacity of the ground’s North Stand increased by 7,700, potentially making the ground the fourth largest in the country’s Premier League.
A new upper tier is set to be constructed, with a number of connected all-weather facilities and a sky bar, with views overlooking the pitch.
With the €340 million proposal, the club aims to build a new 400-bed hotel, plus a “covered city square” 3,000-capacity fan experience centre, which it says came following extensive consultation with supporters. The ‘fan zone’ is expected to feature LED screens up to four storeys in height.
Benefitting the community
Also within the scope of work proposed is the creation of space for food and drink outlets, a new football club shop and a workspace for use by start-up companies and other SME businesses.
Should the proposals gain consent, the construction work is expected to take three years to complete and could generate up to 2,600 jobs, primarily in the Greater Manchester region.
Managing director of Manchester City operations, Danny Wilson, said of the project, “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.”
He added, “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, building on the regeneration work delivered in East Manchester by City Football Group since 2008.”