New design: Etihad Stadium expansion getting closer

source: StadiumDB.com

New design: Etihad Stadium expansion getting closer Plans were presented long before, but now Manchester City showed new renderings as a way to tease fans into booking their future seats already. Depending on the interest expansion planning application may include only one or two stands.

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May this year brought first ever released image of what has been whispered about for some time – new third tier behind southern goal at Etihad Stadium. With a similar addition of 6,000 behind the northern end of the field capacity could grow to almost 60,000.

Current plan is slightly more ambitious, giving the expansion 13,500 seats altogether. Is it coincidence that this was the minimum number needed to have Premier League’s second largest ground, surpassing Arsenal and losing only to Old Trafford? New renderings presented just recently suggest the concept still isn’t final and might see slight changes.

Etihad StadiumImage: Manchester City FC

City are yet to file their planning application and it is suggested the content will depend on supporter interest. The club launched a huge campaign to promote subscriptions for the new sections, with waiting lists opening this Wednesday (Oct 16). Each of the 36,000 season ticket holders may book up to four spots, getting a chance to watch games with friends. Prices are tempting for a top Premier League club, starting at £299 per season.

Etihad StadiumImage: Manchester City FC

Should the interest be satisfying, City should file their planning application to expand both ends. A more moderate waiting list activity may see only the south end being applied for. In each case redevelopment of the north end remains an open option for the future, though.

As for the nearest future, smooth procedures may see planning permission within weeks and expansion work starting already in February 2014. First season for the almost 7,000-strong new south section would be 2015/16.  

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