Manchester City planning application for Entertainment Destination Approved

Manchester City planning application for Entertainment Destination Approved

Manchester City is delighted to confirm that the Club’s planning application for the development of a best-in-class fan experience and year-round entertainment and leisure destination at the Etihad Stadium has been approved by Manchester City Council’s planning committee

This follows the Club’s fan and community consultation which took place in February and March this year, and the subsequent submission of the Club’s full planning application in April.

Approved proposals include several connected all-weather facilities, fully integrated into the stadium, centred around an expanded North Stand with one larger, single upper tier above the existing lower tier, increasing capacity to over 60,000.

Above the upper tier there will be a sky bar with views overlooking the pitch as well as a stadium roof walk experience.

A covered City Square fan zone, with capacity for 3,000 people and a wide variety of food and drink outlets, a new club shop, museum, workspace and a 400-bed hotel will also be constructed as part of the Club’s development.

It is anticipated that main construction works will commence on-site in November 2023 which will mean the North Stand itself will be complete and open during the 2025/26 football season.

The hotel, workspace and public realm works, including City Square, would subsequently complete by late 2026.

Commenting on the approval of the Club’s planning application, Danny Wilson, Managing Director – Manchester City Operations, said:

We are delighted that Manchester City Council’s planning committee has approved the Club’s proposals for a best-in-class fan experience and year-round entertainment and leisure destination at the Etihad Stadium.

This development will not only enable the Club to enhance and expand its offering to fans and visitors on both matchday and non-matchday, but it will also create lasting long-term economic and social benefits for our local community, building on the regeneration work City Football Group has delivered in East Manchester since 2008.

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Published 01 September 2023