Manchester City are planning to increase stadium capacity to 54,000 by 2015 with the aim of ultimately housing over 60,000 fans.
The club are ready to announce plans for a £50m investment to expand capacity by 6,000, by building a third tier at the south side of the Etihad.
That would see City leapfrog Newcastle and Sunderland to accommodate the third highest capacity in the Premier League, after Manchester United and Arsenal.
Subject to consultation with the local community in east Manchester, a planning application will be submitted in the autumn which may also include proposals to expand the north side of the ground. That could see the stadium capacity reach closer to the Emirates Stadium’s 60,300.
The redeveloped south stand, scheduled to open in the summer of 2015 and subject to public consultation work which begins next month, will enable City to sell a substantial number of far lower priced tickets season tickets costing under £300. The reorganisation of the ground will also see away fans moved – something City fans have been asking for over a number of years.
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