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Etihad Stadium Expansion Underway with Steel Installation

Etihad Stadium expansion underway

Manchester City fans can get excited! The long-awaited expansion of the Etihad Stadium is officially underway. In recent weeks, the arrival and installation of the first steel frames marked a significant phase in this ambitious project.

A £300 Million Transformation

This monumental undertaking, valued at £300 million, aims to transform the Etihad Stadium into a world-class entertainment destination. The centerpiece of the project is the expansion of the North Stand, which will see the stadium’s capacity soar to over 60,000 for the 2025/26 season.

Beyond the Pitch: A Fan Experience Redefined

The expansion promises much more than just increased seating. City Football Group envisions a holistic experience for fans. The plans include the development of a dedicated 3,000-capacity fan zone, perfect for pre-match gatherings and celebrations. Additionally, a 400-bed hotel, a brand new club shop, and a dedicated museum will be constructed, offering fans a one-stop shop for all things City.

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Unique Experiences Await

For those seeking an unparalleled match-day experience, the plans include a sky bar located above the upper tier of the expanded stand. Imagine enjoying a drink with breathtaking views of the pitch and the Manchester skyline! For the truly adventurous, a stadium roof walk will also be available, allowing fans to take in a panoramic perspective of the city.

Investing in the Community

The project extends its impact far beyond the stadium walls. During the construction phase alone, the initiative is expected to create the equivalent of 890 full-time jobs. Manchester City is committed to ensuring that local residents benefit from these opportunities, working with partners and contractors to make these positions readily accessible. This commitment to the community is further exemplified by the Club’s ongoing investment in East Manchester, exceeding £700 million since 2008.

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A Shared Excitement

The arrival of the first steels signifies a shared victory for both the club and its supporters. Danny Wilson, Managing Director of Manchester City Operations, spoke at the site, highlighting the project’s fan-centric design. “This project has been designed with our fans at its heart,” he declared. “Fans will have the opportunity to extend their match-day by joining us at the new covered fan zone, visiting the museum, or staying at the hotel.”

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Etihad Stadium expansion underway, as construction team seek to expand the Northstand of the Stadium. Credit: Manchester City Website

The Future is Bright

With the first steels in place, the next evolution of the Etihad Campus is well underway. This ambitious project promises to solidify the stadium’s position as a world-class destination, not just for football fans, but for the entire Manchester community. As Roxana, a construction apprentice working on the project, enthusiastically stated, “This is so rare – it is brilliant!”

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