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Man City To Begin 14,500 Seat Stadium Expansion

Football Club announce two phase expansion with Laing O’Rourke

Written by . Published on April 1st 2014.


Man City To Begin 14,500 Seat Stadium Expansion
 

MANCHESTER CITY football club have announced plans to take the capacity of the Etihad Stadium from 47,670 to 62,170 in two phases.

The stadium expansion comes quickly after the construction of the the club’s new £200million training complex and academy which is set to open this summer.

The South Stand will be the first to be developed taking the capacity to 54,000 by August 2015. When the South Stand is complete, work on the North Stand will get underway.

The competition of the South Stand will be heralded by the introduction of a new £299 season ticket.

Work is set to begin immediately with international construction group Laing O’Rourke winning the contract. The contract is estimated to be in the region of £10m. O’Rourke were also involved in the initial construction of City Stadium for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

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Tom Glick, chief commercial officer at City said: "The expansion of the stadium is a hugely significant moment. We are delighted to announce Laing O’Rourke as a partner as we embark on this historic project.

"Manchester City Football Club strives to provide its supporters and visiting fans with one of the best possible matchday experiences in the Premier League and European football. The success of this is demonstrated by games being sold out and rising demand from supporters for more season tickets, matchday tickets and premium seating.

"Expanding the stadium allows us to grow that offering as we constantly work towards excellence for every supporter that visits the Etihad Stadium.”

The stadium expansion comes quickly after the construction of the the club’s new £200million training complex and academy which is set to open this summer.

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AnonymousApril 1st 2014.

I love these april fools articles, as if City would expand the stadium, they can't fill it as it is! Bravo Mancon

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AnonymousApril 1st 2014.

Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance The Chosen One.

AnonymousApril 1st 2014.

It's called accounting,it's why City are setting up other teams.Its a means to hide the true extent losses and to stay within UEFA fair play guidelines.

AnonymousApril 2nd 2014.

Strange though how these "UEFA Fair Play" guidelines were only brought in after Sheikh Mansour bought Man City!!! Never use to apply did they? Yet still no UEFA rules to prevent a "debt free" football club being bought out by Americans and plunged into £600+millon of debt overnight though? Then an annual £60+million interest charge being drained directly out of Manchester's economy straight into New York banks, all for that privilage of American ownership eh? Yes UEFA, you've certainly got your priorites right here in Manchester!

Poster BoyApril 2nd 2014.

It's also called 'ethnic cleansing'. Moving the former Maine Road season ticket holders out of the best seats into the upper tiers, in order that they can be sold at vastly inflated prices to tourists, corporates and moneyed fools, via so called club 'partnerships' with Thomas Cook Sport, Viagogo etc. Second class 'Citizens'...

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AnonymousApril 2nd 2014.

It really ISN'T also called ethnic cleansing. How incredibly distasteful.

Jonathan SchofieldApril 2nd 2014.

This is excellent news, it will help add to the economy, it will boost the city profile and if City carry on winning they will fill the stadium. Tourism is necessary in Manchester. People can always watch Rochdale or FC United if they want grass roots. Well maybe not the latter if City fans.

AnonymousApril 2nd 2014.

Great loyal following when it comes to league games & all away games, but an entirely different story when it comes to cup games over the past 20 years. They have to sell at non-league level prices to sell out for FA Cup games - and 10,000 empty seats at Champions League games is SO EMBARRASSING! Reflects badly on Manchester and must be so disappointing for their foreign owners? The only British club who can't sell out Champions League games, come on!

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