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Etihad set for expansion

Manchester City have announced a further expansion of the Etihad Stadium, which will take the total capacity to a little over 55,000.

The plans revealed on Thursday will add a further three rows of seats at the pitchside level, and come in addition to the work already under way to add 6,000 seats to the South Stand.

Both projects are due for completion in time for the 2015/16 season.

Tom Glick, City's chief commercial officer, said on the club's website: "We have always been committed to bringing fans closer to Manchester City, to the players and to the pitch.

"Whether that's through digital innovation, community work, international tours, or as in this case, physically allowing fans to be right next to the action, it is our top priority. We are already looking forward to seeing the expanded stadium in action for the 15/16 season."

City also have planning permission for a third phase of expansion which would see 6,000 seats added to the North Stand if carried out.

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