Premier League club Manchester City FC has submitted a planning application for a year-round entertainment and leisure facility at the Etihad Stadium. The proposals include several integrated, connected all-weather facilities, centred around an expanded North Stand.
The North Stand will be redeveloped to accommodate one larger, single upper tier above the existing lower tier, increasing capacity to over 60,000. Above the upper tier, a sky bar with views overlooking the pitch has been introduced, together with a stadium roof walk experience.
There will also be a fan zone with capacity for 3,000 attendees, offering food and drink outlets, shopping, a museum, and a 400-bed hotel.
Further, workspaces for start-up and medium-sized organisations looking to co-locate and collaborate with the Club, City Football Group and Etihad Campus partners were present in the planning application.
These proposals represent a £300m investment in East Manchester through a major construction project, which it says would take up to three years to complete, offering 2,600 jobs.
Commenting on the submission of a planning application, Danny Wilson, managing director of Manchester City Operations, said, “Over several months we have been developing concepts and designs for a best-in-class fan experience and year-round entertainment and leisure destination at the Etihad Stadium and are delighted to have now submitted a planning application to Manchester City Council.”