Manchester City announces plans for an entertainment destination at the Etihad Stadium

The stadium will increase its capacity and welcome a new covered fan zone, shop, museum and hotel

By Manchester's Finest | 18 April 2023

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Manchester City has announced that it it has submitted a planning application to Manchester City Council for the development of a “best-in-class” fan experience and “year-round entertainment and leisure destination” at its home, the Etihad Stadium.

The club held a consultation between Tuesday 28 February and 26 March in which fans and the local community were invited to share their feedback on potential concepts and designs. The feedback has now been reviewed, finding full support from those consulted so the club is now forging head with its plans.

A hotel sky bar, roof walk, shop, museum and new fanzone with food and drink are proposed for Etihad. Image: Man City

What’s going to change at the Etihad?

The North Stand will expand. A larger, single upper tier will be built above the existing lower tier increasing stadium capacity to over 60,000.

A covered City Square fan zone will be created with capacity for 3,000 people and a variety of food and drink outlets.

There will be a new club shop, museum and 400-bed hotel.

A sky bar with views overlooking the pitch has been introduced above the upper tier.

There will also be a stadium roof walk experience. 

There is a small workspace proposed. This is intended for use by start-up and medium-sized organisations looking to co-locate and collaborate with the Club, City Football Group and Etihad Campus partners.

Massive LED screens around four storeys in height at the end of each “flank” of the stadium.

The North tier viewed form the pitch. Image: Man City

The Club’s proposals amount to over £300m investment into East Manchester through a major construction project that would take up to three years to complete, offering 2,600 jobs prioritised for people from Greater Manchester. 

Commenting on the submission of a planning application, Danny Wilson, Managing Director – Manchester City Operations, said, “Over several months we have been developing concepts and designs for a best-in-class fan experience and year-round entertainment and leisure destination at the Etihad Stadium and are delighted to have now submitted a planning application to Manchester City Council. 

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our fans and the local community for their participation in our recent consultation, not only for completing the questionnaire but sharing their detailed comments and feedback with us, all of which has been carefully reviewed and considered. 

“As with all Club developments, ensuring our local community benefit is a key priority and we believe these proposals will deliver long-term economic and social opportunities, building on the regeneration work delivered in East Manchester by City Football Group since 2008.”