Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is set to become the Premier League’s third biggest stadium by increasing the capacity to around 60,000… as they look to host a Champions League final and even add a hotel at the ground!
- Manchester City are looking to add an extra 5,000 seats to the Etihad Stadium
- The work would see them qualify to potentially host a Champions League final
- The club has held planning permission since work was completed back in 2015
Manchester City have announced plans to expand the Etihad Stadium’s capacity to hold around 60,000 spectators.
The Premier League champions want to add at least an extra 5,000 seats in order to become the division’s third biggest stadium and qualify to host a Champions League final in future by reaching UEFA’s strict capacity quota.
City’s stadium already holds over 55,000, but the club have had planning permission to carry out the work since adding an extra tier to their South Stand in 2015. The project is now thought to have shot up the to-do list.
Manchester City will look to add around 5,000 seats to the Etihad Stadium’s current 55,097
While City have been no strangers to splashing the cash in big deals for players in recent years, the work is set to prove expensive – especially if they intend to add a hotel to the site.
There is no set time-frame in which the work needs to be completed and with construction of the Co-op Live Arena next door ongoing, City are keen to wait until the culmination of that project, set for December 2023.
Several options have been suggested for how to increase the capacity, such as joining together the two ends behind both goals, as well as combining tiers in the stadium to create space for 5,000 or so extra spectators.
Reaching 60,000 capacity will allow the Etihad to qualify to host a Champions League final
Another intention is to increase the number of corporate facilities at the stadium and the club are thought to be exploring methods of doing so.
Despite City’s stature in the English game, the Etihad Stadium’s capacity is less than venues such as Anfield and Old Trafford, with Liverpool also developing their ground to increase the capacity to around 60,000.
The addition of the new music arena nearby and possibly a hotel will surely turn the stadium into more of a venue, with several 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 has seen season ticket sales soar
Tottenham Hotspur have notably been active in this pursuit, staging NFL games every season, while West Ham’s London Stadium has also played host to baseball matches in the MLB and concerts for the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The reigning Premier League champions have regularly been made the subject of jokes from other fans for the number of empty seats at the Etihad on matchdays.
However, the club saw season ticket sales rise to 36,500 this season, with the Etihad set to operate at 99% capacity over the coming campaign following Pep Guardiola’s unprecedented success in winning four league titles in six years.
Expansion would likely not begin until the new Co-op Live Arena is finished in December 2023