Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium expansion to be tested before EPL season

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The addition of a third tier to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium’s South Stand – adding 6,000 new seats and increasing the ground’s capacity to approximately 55,000 – must be the subject of a test event before the start of the new English Premier League season.

The club had hoped to unveil the South Stand’s new tier during the club’s first home game of the season against Chelsea on August 16, but the city council are insisting on a test event, so that the renovated stadium can be issued with safety documentation, according to the Manchester Evening News.

In order to comply with the restrictions, the club has announced that it will hold an open training session on August 12, and urged fans to attend for a minimal fee – which will be donated to charity. Without the necessary approvals, the club will be unable to sell its full allocation of tickets for the Chelsea game.

July 31, 2015

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