Manchester City are looking to make the Etihad Stadium the second largest club stadium in England.
Club chiefs are looking to expand the 48,000 seater-stadium by 13,500 - taking it's capacity to 61,500.
The development will leave the Etihad with around 1000 more seats than Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium which currently stands as England’s second largest club football arena to Old Trafford.
City’s planned expansion could begin as early as February 2014.
Having made the move from Maine Road in 2003, City have made considerable strides as a club, especially in the last few years following the injection of Abu Dhabi cash.
The club won their first league title for over 40 years when they lifted the trophy in 2012 and club officials wish to capitalise on the growing fan base that has come with the recent success.
Coupled with the desire to entice new fans to the stadium, the move is also set to appease older fans.
Upon their shift to the City of Manchester Stadium in ‘03, many fans complained about the splitting of supporters who had sat together at the old Maine Road.
As reported in the Mirror, City fans were sent a magazine outlining the stadium plans:
“Opportunities like this only happen once in a blue moon.
“As the team grows, our fanbase grows and our home has to grow.”
Fans were also invited to an exhibition of the plans on October 17.
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