Manchester City supporters have been contacted by the club over what they would like to see included in an expanded Etihad Stadium.
The Premier League champions are planning to expand the North Stand next year which would see another 8,000 seats added, taking the capacity at their home to 62,500.
One of the ideas being floated is for City to build a giant end, similar to Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, which would also help to improve the atmosphere and allow fans who want to sing at games to be able to congregate together.
The Citizens are also looking at introducing rail seats, should legislation be introduced by the government to allow safe standing in the future. It’s understood the original plans would have seen a three-tier stand built, to replicate the South Stand extension which was opened in 2016 and cost reportedly in the region of £75m.
City executives, however, feel there is a greater opportunity to help make the Etihad more iconic and also help reduce the cost of tickets to encourage the next generation of fans to attend.
Rival fans have jokingly dubbed City’s home the ‘Emptihad’, with fans voting with their feet at some Champions League group games, although average Premier League attendances have held firm at around 53,500 during the last couple of seasons, encouraging the club’s money men to now expand the stadium further.