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SBD Global/December 5, 2013/Facilities

EPL Man City Submits Etihad Stadium Expansion Plan To Manchester Council

Plans for a "massive expansion" of Man City's Etihad Stadium have been "officially submitted, confirming City's bid to create the second biggest premiership ground," according to Jennifer Williams of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. Proposals to "extend both ends of the ground by 6,250 seats were unveiled in the summer and have been on display to the public in the months since." Along with an "additional 2,000 pitch-side seats, that will take capacity from 47,620 to 62,170 -- meaning Manchester will host the Premier League's two largest stadiums." A "detailed planning application has now been submitted to Manchester council and will be considered in the next few months." Application documents indicate that "feedback from fans and neighbours has generally been 'very positive,' with no concerns raised over the principle or design of the expansion." But despite requests for "safe standing -- and 'initial studies' into the issue carried out by the club -- City stresses in its response that the move remains illegal." The expansion is also "expected to create more cut-price season tickets," at around £300 ($491) (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 12/3).
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