Manchester City consider safe standing as part of Etihad Stadium expansion

3 December 2018

Manchester City are considering installing safe standing areas as part of an expansion of the Etihad Stadium that could also see ticket prices reduced and a singing section introduced.

The club have sent a questionnaire to fans to gather opinion on extending the stadium to 63,000 from its 55,000 capacity.

City already have planning permission to add a third tier to the North Stand, similar to an expansion carried out on the opposite side in the summer of 2015.

And as part of their research, the club asked for opinions on the potential of adding rail seating to the stadium.

All-seater stadiums are compulsory in English football's top two divisions but the Government announced a review in June to look at the evidence and data around the issue.

Rail seating is used extensively in Germany and was installed at Scottish Premiership champions Celtic in 2016 as well as League One side Shrewsbury Town this year.

City are also looking at cut-price tickets and the possibility of an expanded singing section.

The stadium expansion would make the Etihad the second-biggest stadium in the Premier League behind Manchester United's Old Trafford, which holds 75,000.