England: Manchester City found a contractor for Etihad Stadium expansion?

source: StadiumDB.com; author: Mateusz Osmola

England: Manchester City found a contractor for Etihad Stadium expansion? The current Premier League winners are slowly preparing to redevelop their home ground. The Citizens are already said to be in talks with the contractor who will be responsible for the task.


Manchester City have had a historic season. In it, the club won the treble, winning the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.  The last time such an achievement could be boasted was by Manchester United in the 1998/99 season. However, this is not the only good news for the club's supporters.

The Citizens plan to complete the redevelopment of Etihad Stadium, which will see their home venue increase its capacity from 53,400 to as many as 60,000 seats. The 2014-15 arena underwent its first upgrade since Manchester City took over in 2003. At that time, a third level with more than 6,000 seats was added to the south stand. A similar plan is to be introduced on the opposite side. The club also plans to create a City Square fan zone with a capacity of 3,000. The zone will be integrated into the north stand, and will also include a new club shop, museum, food and beverage outlets and a 400-bed hotel.

Etihad Stadium© Manchester City FC

The planning application was submitted to Manchester City Council in April, and the Citizens said at the time that it planned to invest more than £300m in east Manchester. If permission is granted, construction is expected to take three years. The English champions are said to be in talks with construction and engineering firm John Sisk & Son to deliver the planned Etihad redevelopment.

City are negotiating with John Sisk & Son to deliver the project after another firm, Laing O'Rourke, pulled out of talks. The latter firm was responsible for the redevelopment of the stadium's south stand and is currently building Everton Stadium in Liverpool. Construction News reports that Sisk is currently working on the 'preliminary groundworks' associated with Etihad Stadium expansion and is in advanced talks to oversee the entire project. An announcement is expected later this year, with City hoping to start groundworks in November.

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