The development described as a best-in-class fan experience and year-round entertainment and leisure destination will be home to a 400-room hotel.
The development of a concept
Following consultation with fans and the local community, in which they were invited to share feedback on the concept and design, Manchester City FC submitted its proposed plans for this new entertainment destination at the stadium.
Danny Wilson, Managing Director – Manchester City Operations, commented: “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.”
The proposed plans
This proposed development encompasses several connected all-weather facilities, which are to be fully integrated into the stadium and centred around an expanded North Stand. The creation of a new upper tier will increase capacity to over 60,000. The new upper tier will be topped with a sky bar overlooking the pitch as well as a stadium roof walk experience.
The space will include a covered City Square fan zone with a number of food and drink outlets, a new club shop and museum, along with the hotel housing 400 guest rooms. Workspace for start-up and medium-sized organisations collaborating with the Club, City Football Group and Etihad Campus partners is also a part of the proposed plans.
These proposed development plans represent more than £300m investment into East Manchester. The construction project would take up to three years to complete.