Feb 13, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT
Manchester City has outgrown the Etihad Stadium as it currently stands, and has been approved to make their palace even more grand.
Well, at least to plan said growth, as Manchester’s city council has approved a proposal that would see City expand its capacity by nearly 15,000 seats.
The expansion would leave the Etihad Stadium behind only its crosstown rival’s home, Old Trafford, as the Premier League’s largest venue.
Current capacity at the Etihad is 47,760, and the club wishes to add more than 6,000 seats to both ends of the stadium in addition to scattering 2,000 more seats around the facility.
It’s not surprising to see Manchester backing the expansion. As Sky Sports points out, the club’s ownership has earned a lot of good will since taking over in 2008.
Both projects underline not only City’s determination to develop world-class facilities at their Etihad Campus, but also their commitment to local regeneration.
City’s work has contributed significantly to the development of east Manchester, with a sixth-form college and a leisure and retail centre already being built alongside the CFA.
The stadium expansion, according to the planning application, is expected to created 160 temporary jobs during construction and a further 110 match-day positions once the work is complete.
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