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Man City given permission to increase capacity of Etihad Stadium

Manchester City have been granted planning permission to expand the capacity of the Etihad Stadium to more than 60,000, by the addition of 14,500 extra seats. City want to increase both ends of the 47,670-capacity arena by 6,250 and add up to 2,000 additional seats around the pitch.

The increased capacity will make the Etihad Stadium the second largest in the Premier League behind Manchester United's Old Trafford.

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.

The CFA, which will become the training base for the entire club's teams and house medical and accommodation facilities, is due to open later this year.

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