Manchester City Football Club has unveiled plans to develop the north stand of the Etihad Stadium – with its lower tier being extended – bringing the total capacity over 60,000.
It forms part of the club’s wider plans to create a new fan experience with the roll out of entertainment and leisure destinations at the Etihad Campus.
The two destinations have already begun consultation with fans and the community as the Premier League side looks to build upon the £700m investment in the redevelopment of the football site in East Manchester.
The concept designs also include plans to renovate the City Square fan zone, a new club shop, a museum and a hotel.
This follows the club’s announcement last December that plans began to explore concepts of the designs that would help the Etihad Campus become a ‘globally relevant and competitive sport, leisure and entertainment destination’.
Modest workspace has also been included for use by start-up and medium-sized organisations looking to co-locate and collaborate with the club, City Football Group and Etihad Campus partners.
Matchday travel measures are also being explored with club partners to enhance existing services, along with plans to develop alternative methods for fans to travel to and from the Etihad Stadium as a part of a wider sustainable transport strategy.
Man City’s development proposals will also look to set up an initiative that would ensure training, recruitment and employment opportunities for local people in Manchester.
Opportunities would extend beyond the period of development works, with plans being explored for a long-term ‘skills academy’ programme, designed to provide local people of all ages with qualifications to secure permanent jobs at the Etihad Campus.
Should a planning application be submitted and successfully approved, the construction programme would take place over a three-year period, with works staged to minimise disruption during the football season.
Fans and the local community can also visit a temporary exhibition space in City Square at the Etihad Stadium, which will be open from 4 March to 26 March, or attend one of three consultation events in East Manchester.