City to expand Etihad to 62,000?

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  1. bugsyblue

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    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/exclusive-manchester-city-aim-expand-3859592?
     
  2. waspish

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    Exclusive: Manchester City aim to expand capacity of Etihad Stadium to 60,000

    An artist's impression of the planned expansion of the Etihad Stadium
    By Stuart Brennan | 15 May 2013 23:00
    City are to discuss plans for a proposed £50m expansion of the Etihad Stadium by 2015.

    The Blues want to speak with local residents before forging ahead with the scheme, which would add a 6,000-seater third tier on the South Stand and increase capacity to 54,000.

    The club, sensitive to the escalation of cost of match tickets, hopes to provide a significant number of cheap seasoncards - costing under £300 – in the new section, which would also include an hospitality area.

    The decision to start consultation on the project was given the go-ahead at a board meeting held in London on Saturday morning.

    City will start talking to residents closest to the stadium next month, and could submit a planning application in Autumn for third tiers to be added to both ends of the ground.

    That would eventually raise the capacity to 60,000 – making it the third biggest club ground in England behind Old Trafford and the Emirates - but while they want to press ahead with the South Stand expansion, there are no concrete plans to develop the North Stand just yet.

    If the planning stage goes smoothly, City hope to begin work on the South Stand in January, and are aiming for a completion date of summer 2015.

    As part of the expansion, the club is set to come up with a revised plan for car parking on match days, to minimise the impact of more fans travelling to games, and for other events.

    The decision comes after the Blues sold out all but one of their Premier League games this season, with demand suggesting they will fill the increased capacity.

    It is also a response to indications, during consultations with supporters, that more cheap seats and more mid-range hospitality would be welcomed.
     
  3. spacecadet

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    Re: City to expand Etihad to 60,000

    Great news.
     
  4. Targetblue

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    Re: City to expand Etihad to 60,000

    It's a great move in my opinion to do it in 2 stages.
    That way we can see if there are enough bums to be put on seats before going gung-ho with a massive capacity increase.
     
  5. GXCity

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    Re: City to expand Etihad to 60,000

    Where's FBloke? 10 years I tell you!

    :)
     
  6. blueinsa

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    Re: City to expand Etihad to 60,000

    I see the PR team are sat on their hands again, doing nothing ;-)
     
  7. Blackcrowes

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    Re: City to expand Etihad to 60,000

    We also need to keep lobbying to get cheaper away tickets so that we always fill our allocation. I know money is tight but I was surprised how low the turnout was at Swansea and Reading. When we were crap we would always sell out our last away game even if it was a long distance on a crap / wet night like last night. Discuss !
     
  8. Manc in London

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    Re: City to expand Etihad to 60,000

    Fair play. You first said we were expanding the ground in the near future, and stuck to your guns.
     
  9. Del_Bosque

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    Re: City to expand Etihad to 60,000

    GX the article in the Indy says the away fans will move, any idea where?

    Also £300 season tickets are brilliant news
     
  10. eastlands oasis

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    Re: City to expand Etihad to 60,000

    All helps towards increasing revenue towards FFP, makes the ground more attractive for potential sponsors (larger target audience) and helps promote our image as a big club
     

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