26 June 2014
Manchester City Announce Second Phase of Etihad Expansion
Manchester City Football Club have today announced phase two of the Etihad stadium expansion, which will see a further three rows of seats built pitchside and take total capacity to just over 55000.
To mark the announcement City, in partnership with Laing O’Rourke, have released a spectacular fly-through video showing the entire construction process. (video link)
Work began in March 2014 to add c.6000 seats to the South Stand and both projects are due to complete in time for the start of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.
Demand has soared from fans hoping to secure a seat following the news of the South Stand expansion, and the waiting list for new seasoncards now stands at 7,500.
Planning permission has also been granted for a third phase which could see a further c.6000 seats and a total capacity of c.61000, making the Etihad the second largest stadium in the Premier League.
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Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We have always been committed to bringing fans closer to Manchester City, to the players and to the pitch. Whether that’s through digital innovation, community work, international tours, or as in this case, physically allowing fans to be right next to the action, it is our top priority. We are already looking forward to seeing the expanded stadium in action for the 15/16 season.”
For nine months of 2013 Manchester City held a free exhibition on the Etihad Campus in order to consult with local residents, fans and other stakeholders. The decision to increase the capacity of the Etihad Stadium has enabled the Club to provide even more £299 seasoncards and at the same time to improve the on-site hospitality offering.
As with all of the Club’s infrastructure projects, the expansion provides both employment and procurement opportunities for the local community. Approximately 160 people will be employed through the project at its peak and up to 110 match day jobs will be created in these first phases.