Manchester City set to overtake Arsenal in terms of stadium capacity

Etihad will increase to 62,170

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Manchester City will soon overtake Arsenal to become the Premier League team with the second largest capacity stadium.

Plans submitted to increase the capacity of the Etihad by 14,500 look set to get the go ahead.

6,250 seats will be added at either end of the stadium with a further 2,000 added around the ground. While those plans were submitted to the city's council some time ago, a report released yesterday recommended they be approved.

Once work is completed, City's stadium will increase to 62,170, making it larger than Arsenal's Emirates Stadium which has a capacity of 60,362.

It will also mean Manchester is home to the two biggest Premier League stadiums with Manchester United's Old Trafford by far the largest with a capacity of 75,731.

Manchester City's plans are just the latest move to bolster revenues at the club. With the introduction of Financial Fair Play clubs are being forced to seek new revenue streams in order to balance the books.