Manchester City has appointed construction group Laing O’Rourke to undertake a massive expansion of the Etihad Stadium.
Work on the two-phase project, which begins on the South Stand first, is beginning immediately.
The development, which was given the green light by Manchester City Council in February, will see the stadium capacity increase from 48,000 to more than 60,000.
The first phase of construction will see the South Stand expanded by around 6,000 seats, increasing stadium capacity from 48 000 to 54 000. The development of the North Stand will occur at a later date.
Tom Glick, chief commercial officer at City, said: “The expansion of the stadium is a hugely significant moment. We are delighted to announce Laing O’Rourke as a partner as we embark on this historic project.
“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. The success of this is demonstrated by games being sold out and rising demand from supporters for more season tickets, matchday tickets and premium seating.
“Expanding the stadium allows us to grow that offering as we constantly work towards excellence for every supporter that visits the Etihad Stadium.”