The Etihad Stadium in Manchester City is set to become the third largest stadium in the Premier League by increasing capacity to around 60,000… as they look to host the Champions League final and even add a hotel on the grounds!
- Manchester City are looking to add an additional 5,000 seats to the Etihad Stadium
- The work will see them qualify to host the Champions League final
- The club has obtained planning permission since the work was completed in 2015
Manchester City have announced plans to expand the capacity of the Etihad Stadium to accommodate about 60,000 spectators.
The Premier League champions want to add at least 5,000 more seats to become the third largest stadium in the division and qualify to host a future Champions League final by accessing UEFA’s strict capacity quota.
The city’s stadium already has a capacity of more than 55,000, but the club has had planning permission to carry out the work since adding an additional tier to the south stand in 2015. The project is now believed to have launched the to-do list.
Manchester City will look to add around 5,000 seats to the existing 55,097-seat Etihad Stadium
While City has been no stranger to shelling out money in big deals for players in recent years, the business is set to prove costly – especially if they intend to add a hotel to the site.
There is no specific time frame in which work needs to be completed, and with construction continuing to build the adjacent Co-op Live Arena, City is keen to wait for the culmination of this project scheduled for December 2023.
Several options have been suggested on how to increase the capacity, such as combining the two parties behind both goals, as well as integrating levels into the stadium to provide space for 5,000 or so spectators.
Reaching 60,000 spectators will allow Al-Ittihad to qualify to host the Champions League final
Another intent is to increase the number of corporate facilities at the stadium and he believes the club is exploring ways to do so.
Despite City’s place in the English game, the Etihad Stadium’s capacity is less than stadiums such as Anfield and Old Trafford, where Liverpool FC has also developed its grounds to increase the capacity to around 60,000.
The addition of a new nearby music venue and possibly a hotel will surely transform the stadium into more of a venue, with many clubs looking to increase revenue potential by opening their doors to events other than football.
Four Premier League titles in six seasons under Pep Guardiola have seen a surge in season ticket sales
Tottenham Hotspur has been remarkably active in this endeavor, organizing NFL games every season, while West Ham’s London Stadium has also hosted MLB baseball games and concerts for the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Premier League champions are regularly exposed to jokes from other fans about the number of vacant seats in the league on match days.
However, the club has seen a surge in season ticket sales to 36,500 this season, with the federation set to operate at 99% capacity over the next season after Pep Guardiola’s unprecedented success in winning four league titles in six years.
The expansion likely won’t start until the new Co-op Live Arena ends in December 2023