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Manchester City hospitality boxes relocated as part of Etihad Stadium expansion works



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The latest expansion of the Etihad Stadium has forced occupants of hospitality boxes in the North Stand to be relocated for the 2024/25 campaign.

Manchester City are pressing ahead with major developments of the Etihad Stadium despite the Premier League charging the club for 115 alleged breaches of financial rules 15 months ago, with work having started on a £300 million expansion.

The redevelopment is set to see capacity at the Etihad Stadium increase to over 60,000, with the creation of an expanded second tier in the North Stand, as well as the construction of a new covered City Square Fan Zone, club shop, museum and 400-bed hotel.

The expansion of the North Stand alongside a new entertainment and leisure complex follows the construction of a third tier in the South Stand in 2015, and recent opening of the Co-Op Live arena on the Etihad campus.

The entire redevelopment is set to be completed by 2027, however the expanded North Stand is expected to be complete during the 2025/26 campaign, with the Etihad Stadium selected as a host venue for the European Championships in 2028.

The home of Manchester City was one of 10 selected stadiums, with the list including Wembley Stadium, St James’ Park and Villa Park as well as Wales’ Principality Stadium, Casement Park in Belfast, the Aviva in Dublin and Hampden Park in Scotland.

As part of the expansion of the North Stand, Jack Gaughan reports that occupants of hospitality boxes in the area have been relocated to different parts of the stadium, with the majority of boxes moved to the East Stand as work continues to take place.

Most of the boxes in the North Stand are reportedly for players’ families and friends, although some businesses and agencies are also housed there.

Occupants were relocated during the final weeks of the 2023/24 campaign and are unlikely return until the 2025/26 season.

Manchester City officials will be hoping for smoother work than the Co-Op Live venue, as the 23,500 seater arena was forced to cancel a series of initial concerts due to construction delays.