Manchester City is reportedly considering expanding the capacity of the Etihad Stadium by approximately 8,000 to 63,000.

The Mail on Sunday reported that the reigning Premier League champion is seeking to expand the stadium’s North Stand into a two-tier structure, significantly increasing the overall capacity of the stadium.

The ISG construction firm has met with City fans to discuss expansion plans, with the Mail on Sunday reporting that work on the project could begin as early as next summer. The expansion could be ready in time for the 2021-22 season.

Safe-standing sections are reportedly on the agenda, with the UK government having earlier this year commissioned an official review into the matter. Affordable seating will also be offered in any new section created by the expansion.

A source close to the project urged caution on the plans, though, telling the Mail on Sunday: “All discussions are conceptual. No decisions have been made and there is no timeline in place.”

The current capacity of the Etihad Stadium is 55,000 after City added a third tier to the South Stand ahead of the 2015-16 season.

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