Manchester City Football Club has revealed plans to build an iconic landmark around the Etihad Stadium.
The club say the so-called City Circle has been inspired by fans and is dedicated to them.
It will take the form of thousands of supporter messages in the shape of personalised ‘Bluemoondiscs’ spelling out the lyrics of the fans’ favourite Club anthem, Blue Moon.
The new tribute will see all four verses of the terrace classic written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart recreated from approximately 40,000 circular disks and is set become the UK’s largest permanent fan tribute. Each letter will span more than two metres in height.
The disks, which feature the City crest and can be personalised with inscriptions, are available for supporters to pre-order at www.mcfc.co.uk/citycircle.
The club says City Circle is part of the Club’s on-going plans to enhance the Etihad Stadium and will not only ensure supporters have a permanent place in the club’s rich history, but also provide a lasting tribute to fans, players and individuals past and present.
Operations Director Steve Sayer said: “Manchester City has always been a Club built on its fans. They are part of our DNA and make up the very fabric of whom and what we are today.
''City Circle is our way of enabling supporters to get closer to the Club they love and actually become part of the foundations of the stadium, for many years to come.
“City Circle lets fans make their mark, be it birthday and memorial tributes, memories that have helped shape our history or messages that will hopefully inspire future generations of City fans to come.”
Phase one of the construction is set to commence in 2013, with subsequent phases to follow.
For more information on City Circle, fans are asked to visit: www.mcfc.co.uk/citycircle.