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Man City poised for major expansion of Etihad Stadium

Manchester City have been given the go-ahead for a huge extension to the Etihad Stadium, taking its capacity from 47,620 to 62,170, reports The Guardian. The council's planning committee has approved the plan to add an extra 6,250 seats at both ends of the ground, as well as a further 2,000 seats around the pitch.

The Manchester Evening News reports that a decision will be made at a meeting on 13 February, which could mean the city will have the Premier League's two biggest grounds, Manchester United's Old Trafford currently holding 75,000.

The plan states: "The expansion of the stadium will provide enhanced facilities which will help to create a stadium of national and international profile and improve the visitor experience. The appearance of the south and north stands and create a more prominent landmark feature at the centre of the Etihad Campus and East Manchester.

"The proposal will create job opportunities, some of which will be available for local residents and business, during the construction and operation of the expanded stadium."

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