Manchester City considering expanding capacity of Etihad Stadium and building on-site hotel

It wants to boost the fan experience on both match days and non-match days

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 12th December 2022

Manchester City is considering boosting the capacity of the Etihad Stadium to 60,000, and building a new fan zone.

The club announced today that it’s undertaking feasibility studies to develop its fan experience and turn the stadium into a year-round leisure destination.

The studies are looking in to expanding the North Stand, which would add more than 6,000 to the capacity of the huge ground.

Plans for a covered City Square fan zone are also being assessed, which would include food and drink outlets, a new shop and museum, a workspace and an on-site hotel.

It’s part of the Eastlands Regeneration Framework, which hopes to turn this corner of East Manchester into a sport, leisure and entertainment destination.

The Etihad Stadium. Credit: Manchester City
Proposals to expand the Etihad Stadium are being considered. Credit: Manchester City

Manchester City wants to introduce new entertainment experiences on both matchdays and non-matchdays.

An expansion to the Residents’ Parking Scheme and also improvements to Metrolink services in the area are currently being implemented.


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Fans and the local community are being invited to share their feedback on the concepts in early 2023.

City Football Group has overseen over £700m of investment into the Etihad Campus and East Manchester since 2008.

The investment has included work on the upcoming Co-op Live arena, which will be the biggest in the UK when it opens next winter.


Man City said on Twitter: “Today, we are announcing that feasibility studies for the development of an entertainment destination at the Etihad Stadium are underway.”

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