Manchester City hoping to expand Etihad Stadium to 63,000

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Premier League soccer champions Manchester City are reportedly planning to expand its Etihad Stadium to 63,000 in a construction project that could be ready by the 2021-2022 season.

The Etihad Stadium, which was originally built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and once had a capacity of 38,000, has since been upgraded and expanded to 55,097. Now, a proposed renovation on its North Stand could take this to 63,000.

Reports of the planned project came from a recent fan forum held by construction company ISG that discussed and asked those in attendance about any desired features of any new redevelopment. According to those present, the club is considering a two-tier development to increase the stadium by 8,000 seats. It is also reportedly looking into the introduction of safe standing rail seating.

Any increase in capacity above 60,000 would make it the third largest in the English Premier League.

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