Manchester City’s proposal to add 14,500 seats to the Etihad Stadium is expected to be approved next week.
City are hoping to take their 47,620 capacity up to 62,170, making the stadium the second biggest in the Premier League, ahead of Arsenal’s Emirates and behind Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
The Blues have submitted papers to Manchester council planning committee and a decision will be made on February 13.
According to the submitted document, the expansion will create 160 jobs during the construction, while an extra 110 matchday staff will be needed.
The Manchester Evening News cites the document: “The proposal will create job opportunities, some of which will be available for local residents and business, during the construction and operation of the expanded stadium.”
The enlargement to the Etihad Stadium is another example of the Citizens flexing their financial muscles on the football stage again, though there is no confirmation of how much the renovation will cost yet.
The Manchester-based club have spent over a billion pound developing themselves into one of the world’s biggest clubs, and now feel a larger stadium is the place to showcase their higher stature in world football.
“The expansion of the stadium will provide enhanced facilities which will help to create a stadium of national and international profile and improve the visitor experience.”
City’s Chief Executive, Ferran Soriano, and Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, are hoping the improvements to the youth system can resemble that of their former-club, Barcelona.
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