The Etihad Stadium, home to Mancity, could undergo a remarkable £300m expansion, potentially increasing its seating capacity to nearly 62,000.
A new fan zone and other exciting facilities are part of the plans that Manchester Council’s planning committee will review on July 27.
Mancity’s Ambitious Expansion Plans
Mancity’s proposal to expand the north stand of the Etihad Stadium encompasses several exciting additions. The new plans include the construction of a 400-bed hotel, a TV studio, and a roof walk attraction, in addition to a spacious fan zone accommodating up to 3,000 people.
The primary goal behind these ambitious endeavors is to provide fans with a ‘best-in-class’ experience, transforming the stadium into a vibrant year-round entertainment and leisure destination.
The Etihad Stadium already received planning permission for expansion in 2014, but only the south stand was extended. The present application for developing north air has received support from town hall planners, with a final vote by councilors scheduled for next week.
The proposal aims to enhance the stadium’s international profile for sporting events, fostering East Manchester’s regeneration by generating employment opportunities and economic growth in the area.
Under the proposed plans, the capacity of the north stand will be increased by an impressive 7,900 seats, bringing the total capacity to an impressive 61,968. In addition, a new eight-story building will be constructed, housing a club store, ticket office, and museum, offering an interactive visitor experience venue on the third level.
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The upper floors of the building will be dedicated to workspaces for small businesses and start-ups. Furthermore, a nine-story hotel featuring 391 bedrooms and 10 suites will be built, providing convenient accommodation for visitors.
Community Involvement and Sustainability
Mancity has committed to a deal allowing certain parts of the stadium’s campus to be utilized by the local community, including local clubs and schools. As part of the Section 106 agreement, a local labor deal will be implemented to support the community further.
The club has also taken measures to improve the movement around various venues, prioritizing pedestrian convenience. A waste management agreement has been established to address litter and rubbish created during football matches and events, ensuring a sustainable approach to the expansion.
The planning committee will convene on July 27 to decide the outcome of Mancity’s expansion plans for the Etihad Stadium. While three letters of support have been received, five objections have raised concerns about the design, particularly regarding the hotel and the potential impact of the expansion on the local community.
All aspects will be carefully considered before reaching a final decision that could pave the way for a remarkable transformation of Mancity’s beloved home ground.