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1894 Group: Expansion will enhance Etihad atmosphere

We’re now in single figures when it comes to how many days you have to wait to take a seat in the newly expanded Etihad Stadium for the first time.

Open Training on August 12 is the first chance supporters have to enjoy the Etihad Stadium’s new South Stand third tier and Trevor Riley, one of the lead members of the independent 1894 Group, can’t wait.

“Next season is going to be massive, it’s going to be our biggest ever - we’re expanding the stadium and the atmosphere is going to improve as a result,” Riley told mcfc.co.uk at this year’s City Live.

“We’re going to have more displays this year, we’re going to have more fan flags, more tributes to players old and new – tributes to the likes of Vincent Kompany and David Silva who have served us so well over the last five years.”

The 1894 Group came into existence in 2013 to, in their own words, "improve the atmosphere at home games".

This season, their bid will be aided by the addition of a singing block in 115 of the South Stand: an innovation that Trevor is relishing the prospect of.

Riley said: “The atmosphere is going to improve this season because we’re going to get everyone singing in one block – in 115, we’ll have everyone singing and that will spread out to the rest of the stadium.

“We hope the atmosphere is gonna be huge next season.”

Make history and take your seat at the newly-expanded Etihad Stadium for Open Training on August 12.

To find out more about the 1894 Group, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

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