City to considerably expand Etihad: Will it be bigger than Old Trafford?

Manchester City have plans to add seats all the way around their stadium, emulating the capacities at Sunderland, Newcastle United and Arsenal.

Manchester City Council have reportedly approved a planning application from Manchester City football club to extend their Etihad Stadium by a further 14,500 seats, as confirmed on Sky Sports, bringing their 47,670 capacity ground up to 62,170.

With the expansion, which will add 6,250 to each end with a further 2,000 on each side of the pitch, City will officially have the second largest club stadium in England, surpassing the seating figures at Arsenal's 60,362 capacity Emirates Stadium home, the 52,405 Newcastle United seats at St James' Park and the 48,707 capacity ground at Sunderland.

However, the largest ground, Old Trafford, will remain unthreatened as Manchester United's stadium can hold 75,731 people if every ticket is sold.

'It will be the club's second major construction project in quick succession following the building of the £200mn City Football Academy adjacent to the stadium,' said the report on Sky Sports.

The largest football stadium in England, outside of club football, remains Wembley Stadium, with 90,000 seats.

image: © Free-ers

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch