Manchester City unveil plans to expand Etihad Stadium to 60,000

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Manchester City’s fans are usually known for being some of the loudest and proudest in the land.

And now plenty more of them will be crammed into the Etihad stadium if new plans get the thumbs up.

Today City revealed how they want to redevelop their home stadium, with the main aim to increase the capacity from 47,500 to 60,000.

That could see extensions to both the South and North Stands but another option is to only increase the capacity to 54,000. In that case only the South Stand would be redeveloped.

A huge blueprint was released for public viewing today at the Etihad Stadium, with the public consultation set to last until August. Then City will take the plans to the next stage in the fall and apply for planning permission depending on what the public consultation.

Now all this may seem slightly monotonous. But here comes the kicker.

Most clubs would hike up ticket prices for their fans to watch the team in a newly developed stadium. But not City, oh no. They plan to sell season tickets for less than $500.

That is quite remarkable in the modern era, as Arsenal and other EPL clubs charge up to four teams that amount and more.

A huge pat on the back to their owners and staff for coming up with that. So there is going to be huge overwhelming support to expand the stadium and reduce ticket prices for everyone. Also UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play laws come into effect and the amount of income clubs need to generate from gameday purposes will need to be on the up.

So smart stuff all round from Manchester City and spokesperson Pete Bradshaw had this to say.

“Manchester City Football Club strives to provide its supporters and visiting fans with one of the best possible matchday experiences in the Premier League and European football. Games are selling out frequently prior to going on open sale and there is rising demand from supporters for more season tickets, matchday tickets and premium seating. This is why we are considering these expansion proposals.”

And he is right. City’s average attendance the last three seasons were as follows:

  • 2010-11: 45,880
  • 2011-12: 47,044
  • 2012-13: 46,974

That means they have been running at over 96 percent capacity for several seasons. The number are there for City to have the second largest stadium in the EPL behind bitter rivals Manchester United.

Will it happen? Time will tell. But they can definitely sustain it.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).