Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are undertaking feasibility studies to expand the capacity of the Etihad Stadium to more than 60,000.
As reported by The Guardian, Man City will embark on a consultation process next year in an effort to not only expand the stadium’s current limit of 53,400 but add new features and build a hotel.
The Etihad reached its current capacity after work to add a third tier to the South Stand was completed in 2015. Seven years on, the North Stand seems destined for expansion.
If the latest proposals go ahead, the North Stand will extend into an enterprise that features the building of a new club shop, museum and hotel.
City have already acquired planning permission to extend the North Stand when they obtained a license for their South Stand project, but they have bigger plans in mind.
The Cityzens’ skyrocketing growth in domestic and worldwide appeal requires further adjustments, with the club hoping to develop a unique environment for their supporters.
According to Man City’s development plans, the City Square fan zone would be the second to take an expansion, with the club hierarchy aiming at adding new food and drink outlets.
However, Man City’s proposal, should it receive the green light, would make the venue the sixth in the current top-flight capable of holding at least 60,000.
Alongside Old Trafford, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Emirates Stadium and London Stadium, Liverpool’s Anfield is currently under construction to join this select group of venues.
Given the Cityens’ rise to stardom under renowned manager Pep Guardiola, they are reluctant to lag behind their fierce domestic rivals in any segment.
Led by the Spanish expert, they have become a force to be reckoned with, clocking up four Premier League titles, accompanied by several domestic cup trophies, across the past five years.
While waiting for the first-ever taste of Champions League glory, Man City continue to amass supporters all over the globe, thanks to the team’s unparalleled domestic dominance.
Having shown no signs of stopping anytime soon, they even threaten to overshadow long-standing city rivals Manchester United, whose recent fate has been on the opposite trajectory.
For almost a century, Man City had been forced to settle for being the number two in Manchester, yet Guardiola’s appointment in 2016 has turned the club’s fortunes around.
The Etihad has become an increasingly popular destination for the world’s best players, not only thanks to the Cityzens’ economic capacity but their ever-present hunger for greatness.
With the arrival of Erling Braut Haaland in the summer, Guardiola’s men are more confident than ever about lifting the coveted Champions League trophy, the only piece of silverware that has evaded the club’s golden generation.
As such, Man City are looking to back the team’s on-field success with an infrastructure worthy of a club of this stature.
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