Manchester City have submitted a bid to expand the Etihad stadium’s capacity to 60,000 with the intent of splashing £300 Million.
Recent reports have it that the reigning Premier League Champions are looking to renovate and extend the 53,400-seater stadium.
The Club has now confirmed that they already sent a planning application to the Manchester City council for the proposed £300million renovation.
A Club Statement reads: “Manchester City is today announcing that it has submitted a planning application to Manchester City Council for the development of a best-in-class fan experience and year-round entertainment and leisure destination at the Etihad Stadium.”
“This follows the conclusion of the Club’s consultation held between Tuesday 28 February and Sunday 26 March, where fans and the local community were invited to share their feedback on concepts and designs.”
“Having reviewed all of the feedback submitted via the consultation questionnaire, the Club is delighted to confirm that fans were in favour of the concepts and proposals presented.”
The proposed renovation will lead to an extension at the North Stand of the stadium with “one larger, single upper tier above the existing lower tier”.
A host of other features are also to be implemented on the ground as part of the planned renovation.
This new design will include a sky bar overlooking the pitch and stadium roof walk, which is like the one used at Tottenham.
Also in the plan, there is a 3,000-person fan zone, new club shop, museum, 400-bed hotel, and a variety of food and drink outlets.
Manchester City will hope to commence work in November if the plan is approved and will be completed before the 2025/26 season.
The new Etihad stadium will provide 2,600 jobs with local residents given the highest priority as reports claimed.
Manchester City hired the famous Populous, the architectural firm that worked on the Tottenham’s new state-of-the-art stadium for the proposed project.
Danny Wilson, Man City’s managing director, spoke about the said plans, he said: “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.”
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our fans and the local community for their participation in our recent consultation, not only for completing the questionnaire but sharing their detailed comments and feedback with us, all of which has been carefully reviewed and considered.”
“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.”
Manchester City Football Club is an English football club located in Manchester and plays in the Premier League, the topmost division in the English football league system.
The club was founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), then changed to Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and then Manchester City in 1894.
Manchester City’s home ground is the Etihad Stadium which was formerly in east Manchester, they later moved in 2003, having been at Maine Road since 1923.
City took hold of their current sky blue home shirts in 1894, in their first season and with the current name.
Since the club was founded, they have won eight league titles, six FA Cups, eight League Cups, six FA Community Shields, and one European Cup Winners’ Cup.