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Manchester City's Etihad Stadium expansion approved

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Image caption An additional tier will be built behind each goal

Plans to increase the capacity of Manchester City's stadium from 48,000 to about 62,000 have been approved.

The Premier League club is adding a third tier to the North and South stands.

These will each include about 6,250 seats, and a further 2,000 pitch-side seats will be added.

The expansion will see the Etihad Stadium become the second largest in the Premier League, behind Manchester United's Old Trafford.

Councillors gave the go-ahead for the expansion, aiming to be completed by the 2015-16 season, at a Manchester City Council planning committee meeting earlier.

City moved to the stadium in 2003. It initially had a capacity of 38,000 when it was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

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