Manchester City has submitted a planning application to increase the capacity of their Etihad Stadium to more than 60,000 people, as well as add a hotel, museum, and other facilities as part of a £300 million investment.
The stadium will receive approximately 7,000 new seats, as well as a new covered fan zone, club shop, museum, and a 400-bed hotel.
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The Etihad was named last week as one of ten stadiums that would host matches if the UK and Ireland’s joint bid to host Euro 2028 is successful, with the bid citing a planned new capacity of 61,000.
“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,” said the City’s managing director of operations Danny Wilson.
“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.”
Since an Abu-Dhabi-backed takeover 15 years ago, the area around Etihad has been transformed.
The Etihad Campus, which comprises the club’s training ground and office headquarters, opened in 2012 and a previous expansion of Etihad’s south stand was completed in 2015.