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Manchester City to appoint contractor for £300m stadium plans

Manchester Metropolis Soccer Membership is aiming to nominate a important contractor this September to ship its new stadium enlargement, with work anticipated to start out in November if a planning utility is accepted.

The membership plans to increase its North Stand with a bigger, single higher tier above the present decrease tier. A complete of seven,700 seats could be added, boosting capability on the Eithad Stadium to round 61,000.

It hopes the newly upgraded North Stand can be open by August 2025, prepared for the 2025/26 season.

As a part of its three-year plan, Manchester Metropolis can be hoping to construct a 3,000-capacity fan zone with food and drinks retailers. A brand new membership store, museum and resort additionally kind a part of the proposals, together with workspace for start-ups.

The membership mentioned the general mission would contain “over £300m funding within the east Manchester space”. It expects the resort, workspace and public realm works, together with Metropolis Sq., to be full by mid-to-late 2026.

Any potential contractors would additionally have to create a “vary of coaching and apprenticeship programmes for residents in the area people by a legally binding Native Employment Proposal”, it added.

A session with followers and the area people on the plans has been launched, working till 26 March.

Manchester Metropolis revealed plans in 2014 to spice up the stadium’s capability to round 60,000, with its South Stand and North Stand to be enlarged. 

Nonetheless, solely the proposals to improve the South Stand with a 3rd tier got here to fruition, as Laing O’Rourke completed the job which added around 6,000 seats. 

The Etihad Stadium is fifth by way of capability amongst Premier League golf equipment, with its rival Manchester United prime with 74,310 at Outdated Trafford. 

Liverpool is sixth on this desk, however capability will rise to round 61,000 as soon as a brand new stand on the Anfield Street Finish of its stadium is completed. 

The Etihad is owned by Manchester Metropolis Council, which leases it to the soccer membership.

The stadium, also referred to as the Metropolis of Manchester Stadium, was initially constructed to host the 2002 Commonwealth Video games. Manchester Metropolis moved there from its outdated Maine Street floor in 2003.