Manchester City planning to extend Etihad to 63,000 – and could include safe standing

Manchester City have started discussions about finally expanding the North Stand and turning the Etihad Stadium into a 63,000-seater, the Mail on Sunday reports.

The club’s idea is to turn the North (Family) Stand into an enormous two-tier development that would make it unique within the stadium, and stadium construction company ISG recently hosted a fan forum group on behalf of the club.

City want to know what sort of features fans would prefer before going ahead with it and pending the outcome of the government review – expected by the end of 2018 – could look to integrate safe standing into the expanded Etihad Stadium.

The club also want to ensure that pricing in the new area, which would increase capacity by around 8,000, remains affordable – although are discussing plans to add some corporate areas into the expanded North Stand.

The Mail on Sunday, quoting a source, reports that nothing is definite yet, but talks are ongoing with a second stadium expansion looking very likely. If it does go ahead, construction is expected to take two years so if City begin work next summer – which is possible – the redeveloped Etihad Stadium could be ready in time for the 2021/22 season

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