Manchester City's Etihad Stadium expansion approved

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Plans to increase the capacity of Manchester City's stadium from 48,000 to about 62,000 have been approved.

The Premier League club is adding a third tier to the North and South stands.

These will each include about 6,250 seats, and a further 2,000 pitch-side seats will be added.

The expansion will see the Etihad Stadium become the second largest in the Premier League, behind Manchester United's Old Trafford.

Councillors gave the go-ahead for the expansion, aiming to be completed by the 2015-16 season, at a Manchester City Council planning committee meeting earlier.

City moved to the stadium in 2003. It initially had a capacity of 38,000 when it was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Premier League Ground Capacity

Arsenal

Emirates Stadium

60,361

Aston Villa

Villa Park

42,788

Cardiff City

Cardiff City Stadium

26,828

Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

41,837

Crystal Palace

Selhurst Park

26,309

Everton

Goodison Park

40,221

Fulham

Craven Cottage

25,700

Hull City

KC Stadium

25,404

Liverpool

Anfield

45,525

Manchester City

Etihad Stadium

48,000

Manchester United

Old Trafford

75,811

Newcastle United

St James' Park

52,387

Norwich City

Carrow Road

27,010

Southampton

St Mary's Stadium

32,689

Stoke City

Britannia Stadium

27,740

Sunderland

Stadium of Light

49,000

Swansea City

Liberty Stadium

22,500

Tottenham Hotspur

White Hart Lane

36,230

West Bromwich Albion

The Hawthorns

26,272

West Ham United

Upton Park

35,016

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