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Manchester City announces Etihad Stadium expansion to become second largest stadium in Barclays Premier League

Manchester City Football Club has announced the second phase of the Etihad Stadium expansion, which will take total capacity to more than 55,000.

Laing O’Rourke was appointed as contractor for the project and started work in March 2014 to add around 6,000 seats to the south stand. A further three rows of seats will now be built pitchside.

Both projects are due to be completed in time for the start of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.   

Planning permission has been granted for a third phase which could see a further 6,000 seats added, taking the total capacity to around 61,000, making the Etihad the second largest stadium in the Premier League.

Approximately 160 people will be employed through the project at its peak.

The work begins with immediate effect and will continue throughout the 2014/15 season.

Bam Construct beat contractors including Laing O’Rourke to win a deal to build Manchester City’s £100m football academy training facilities in 2012.

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