ETIHAD EXPANSION

Manchester City plan to increase the Etihad Stadium's capacity to 60,000.

The first expansion phase will see 6,000 seats added to the South Stand at a cost of £50 million with the same work to be carried out on the North Stand at a later date.

The decision to increase the Etihad Stadium's capacity came after City sold out all but one of their Premier League games this season. Talks were held at a board meeting in London before the FA Cup Final defeat by Wigan Athletic last Saturday.

City will first speak to the local community before going ahead with their proposal but are hopeful of submitting a planning application in August.

The club plans to start work on the South Stand next January with a completion date of summer 2015.

The development will make it the third largest ground in the Premier League but City hope to eventually increase the Etihad's capacity to 70,000 which will see it sit behind Manchester United's Old Trafford, only.

Posted on 16/05/2013