Manchester City Football Club have announced plans to increase the capacity of the Etihad Stadium to over 60,000.
The proposal also outlines a new museum and 3,000-capacity fan zone, which will take three years to construct, if approved by fans.
If the expansion goes ahead, it will leave City with the fourth largest stadium in the Premier League, behind Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham, though Liverpool’s current redevelopment project will see Anfield hold 61,000 fans.
In a statement on their website, the club said: “The initiative would ensure that training, recruitment and employment opportunities are prioritised for local people.”
The consultation process is now taking place following the unveiling of the details, with the club asking a section of supporters for feedback.
The proposed growth will mainly take shape in a new tier above the north stand, with the exterior renovations designed to make the Etihad a full-time hub for entertainment.
The news comes despite the club facing an investigation into financial irregularities, raising questions as to how the money can be provided for the expansion if penalties are imposed.
The club strongly denied any wrongdoing, and the announcement of the plans is a clear indication that they believe they will be found innocent by any inquest.