Manchester City are preparing to renovate the Etihad Stadium

19 November 2018

The reigning Premier League champions are soliciting feedback on possible stadium developments that would add seating capacity of 8,000.

The blue half of Manchester may be donning construction helmets as Etihad Stadium is in line for a face-lift and additional seating.

The Mail on Sunday report that Manchester City are looking into renovation plans for the Etihad that could include safe-standing.

ISG, a construction company with several stadium projects in their portfolio, hosted a forum event with City fans soliciting their sentiments regarding possible stadium redevelopments.

The proposed scheme involves expanding the North Stand and creating a large two-tier structure that would add about 8,000 seats to bring the overall capacity to around 63,000.

The reigning Premier League champions made a point to seek fan input in order to turn their preferences and desires into reality. Fan concerns included maintaining ticket affordability and examining the feasibility of standing sections.

Clubs outside England like Celtic and Borussia Dortmund have recently integrated safe-standing elements into their home venues. City is including an option for safe-standing in their plans, pending the conclusion of an on-going government review of the practice.

Though some pricier corporate areas are projected for the renovation, club officials want to make sure a majority of the new seats are affordable to average fans.

Staff at the fan event suggested that the project could began work as early as next summer and, if the club faces no major road-blocks, finish within around two years. That would mean an opening planned for the 2021-22 Premier League season kick-off.