MCFC submits Etihad Stadium expansion plans


Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) has submitted a planning application to expand and enhance Etihad Stadium – and revealed some interesting new features as part of its final design. 

Etihad Stadium
Credit: Manchester City Football Club (MCFC).

The club announced this morning it has submitted plans to Manchester City Council for a series of improvements to the stadium and its facilities, following a public consultation between 28 February and 26 March.   

Chief among its priorities is an extended North Stand, increasing spectator capacity to more than 60,000. 

The North Stand expansion comprises one larger, single upper tier above the existing lower tier.  

Two new features in the plans include a sky bar above the new upper tier, with views overlooking the pitch, and a dizzying stadium roof walk experience. 

Alongside this, MCFC wants to build an expanded and covered ‘City Square’ fan zone with capacity for 3,000, and food and drink outlets.   

Other features   

  • A new club shop    
  • A MCFC museum      
  • A 400-bed hotel 
  • Workspace for start-ups  

Viewed from Joe Mercer Way, new LED display screens, four storeys high will also feature at the entrance. 

Etihad Stadium
Credit: Manchester City Football Club (MCFC)

Construction is expected to take up to three years, offering 2,600 jobs prioritised for people from Greater Manchester, while the overall scheme represents a more than £300 million investment into East Manchester.  

Original delivery partners   

  • Arup   
  • Laing O’Rourke    

‘Enhanced’ matchday travel measures and alternative methods for fans to travel to and from the stadium had previously also been explored.  

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