Manchester City are poised to expand the Etihad Stadium to 63,000 seats, increasing the capacity by 8,000 with the North (Family) Stand in line to be enlarged.
One of the most enticing possibilities of a newly expanded Etihad Stadium is the inclusion of safe-standing, which is currently banned but under government review with a revision expected next year.
City are one of the Premier League clubs in favour of safe-standing and in an online survey have asked fans about a number of scenarios for an expanded Etihad, with three different season ticket choices.
According to the Press Association, ‘there are five options given for safe-standing season tickets ranging from £580 in levels one or two of the South Stand, where City’s most vocal supporters and away fans are currently housed, to £280 for a safe-standing section at the top of the expanded North Stand.’
The club is also exploring the addition of more ‘Premium’ seating areas that would give fans access to two new bars within the stadium.
Other questions asked included levels of interest in a membership scheme for 18 to 25-year-olds that would provide discounts on matchday tickets, an “unallocated seat” season card and a “Top 5” ticket for home games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United.