Manchester City have released plans to increase the capacity of the Etihad Stadium from the current 48,000, to 60,000, according to ESPN,
City moved into the Etihad, then known as the City of Manchester Stadium, in 2003 after leaving Maine Road. The redevelopment would involve the addition of 6,000 seats in the North and South stands, allowing the stadium to become the third largest in English league football, after Old Trafford, home of arch rivals Manchester United, and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, which was completed in 2006.
The club hope the expansion would lead to lower season ticket prices, with head of infrastructure and corporate responsibility Pete Bradshaw explaining: “Manchester City Football Club strives to provide its supporters and visiting fans with one of the best possible matchday experiences in the Premier League and European football.
“Games are selling out frequently prior to going on open sale and there is rising demand from supporters for more season tickets, matchday tickets and premium seating. This is why we are considering these expansion proposals.”
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