Manchester City are investing £300 million into renovating a section of the Etihad. The plan is to expand the second tier of the North Stand by 7.7K thereby increasing the stadium's capacity to approx. 61,000 from 54,500.
As part of the redevelopment, the area will apparently look to undergo construction of a new hotel, fan park, superstore, and museum, all aimed at modernizing the area.
With the funds allocated to the project, Man City's total expenditure on infrastructure development within the area (which includes prior stadium upgrades, the training ground, and community centres) will now expect to reach a whopping £1 billion pounds.
Assuming planning permission is granted, work is projected to begin around November, with the aim of completing the expansion in time for the 2025-26 campaign.
With a capacity of around 61K, Manchester City will be on par with Tottenham, Arsenal, and West Ham in terms of capacity. Anfield's redevelopment will also result in a similar capacity threshold.
As a factor of the renovation, the area will look at new bars and eateries, and a covered fan enclosure for a capacity of up to 3K people. Man City also expects the project to create approx. 2.6K jobs, with priority given to successful applicants for those roles.
Populous, the architectural firm responsible for the design of the Etihad Stadium expansion, has an impressive portfolio of previous projects, including notable football grounds such as Tottenham Hotspur and Lyon. Interestingly, they even designed the home stadium for League One's Bolton Wanderers back in 1997.