Manchester City – Etihad Stadium

The Etihad Stadium is a magnificent looking all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 48,000 and is the home of Manchester City FC.

It was originally built for the city to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games at a cost of £110 million with the intention of it becoming a new home for Manchester City, who were looking to vacate their Maine Road ground.

Subsequently, the club spent in excess of £20 million in removing the running track and extending the stands closer to the playing surface. Away fans are located in one side of the South Stand at one end of the ground, in both the upper and lower tiers. It has also been used for rock and pop concerts.

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How to Get to the Etihad Stadium

The ways to get to the Etihad Stadium are:

Getting to Etihad Stadium By Roadmotorway

The Etihad Stadium is situated at SportCity, Rowsley St, Manchester M11 3FF. Away fans driving from the North should follow the M60 as far as junction 23, exiting right onto Ashton New Road (A662). The ground is located on the right after the junction with Alan Turing Way (A6010). Visitors driving from the South should follow the M56 for City Centre, which becomes Princess Road (A5103). Continue towards the city centre, taking a right turn onto the elevated A57(M). Follow the A57(M) through 2 sets of traffic lights, turning right into Every Street. At the end, turn right into Ashton New Road (A662) and the ground is located on the left.

Getting to Etihad Stadium By Rail

Manchester Piccadilly is the closest mainline station and is about a 20-30 minute walk or short taxi ride from the Etihad Stadium. The closest train station is Ashburys which is a 5 minute train journey from Manchester Piccadilly.

Train station near the Etihad Stadium

The stadium is about a 15-minute walk away from Ashburys station. On exiting the station, turn left and the stadium is located on the left. Click here to check the current train timetables

Getting to Etihad Stadium By Air

Manchester Airport is within 13 miles, with frequent train connections to Manchester Piccadilly Station. Click here to check the current flight times

Getting to Etihad Stadium Taxis

There are several taxi companies in Manchester that can take you to and from the stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Etihad Stadium Map

Below is a map of the Etihad Stadium:


Where to Park at Etihad Stadium?

When looking to park at the Etihad there is limited on-site parking is available at the stadium, at reasonable rates.

The East Car Park is nearest to the away section. The stadium site itself has 2,000 parking spaces, with another 8,000 spaces in the surrounding area provided by local businesses and schools working in partnership with the football club.

Where to park for Etihad Stadium

A residents’ only parking scheme operates near to the ground, so those relying on on-street parking may be faced with a considerable walk to the ground. Unofficial off-street car parks have emerged, but although these charge reasonable rates, supervision is pretty much non-existent.

Getting Tickets For Manchester City

Buying tickets for a football game can become very stressful due to how quickly they sell out. When buying your tickets for manchester city we advise you to think fast and buy your tickets or else you may miss out.

You can buy your Manchester City tickets online via the official Manchester City FC website or you can buy them at the ticket office located on the first floor of the City Store.

Hotels Near the Etihad Stadium

The Holiday Inn Manchester Central Park (pictured, left), 888 Oldham Road, Manchester, M40 2AG, which opened in June 2005, offers modern facilities, air-conditioned Restaurant and Bar with free resident parking. It has received consistently good reviews and is close to the city centre, Manchester City FC and various other attractions.

City Inn Manchester, Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3DG was built in early 2007 and offers excellent modern facilities at value for money rates. It connects directly with Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station, with easy connections to the airport and city centre.

Away Friendly Pubs near the Etihad Stadium

There are few pubs near the ground and none can be described as “away friendly.” The Bradford Inn, on Bradford Road, is about a 10-minute walk from the ground and is recommended, though very busy on match days.

Several visiting fans have recommended the city centre as the best place to drink.

Away friendly pubs near the Etihad

The Printworks, near Victoria Station, offers numerous bars and an excellent choice of food. Although a 20-minute walk from the ground, it is only a 5-minute cab ride. Apparently, Queen Victoria, at the bottom of Grey Mare Lane, should be avoided at all costs.

What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Etihad Stadium?

The main complaint from visiting fans has been the lack of space between home and away fans, which consists only of a few rows of seats and a row of stewards.

Many away fans have reported unpleasant, intimidating “baiting” taking place between the rival sets of supporters which spoilt their enjoyment. Additionally, several fans have noted that there are many exchanges of unpleasant abuse outside the ground.

What do fans think of the Etihad

However, the stadium itself has received excellent reviews from visiting supporters. Several have described the stadium as “stunning” in the looks department. Most have reported that the view of play is excellent, though legroom in the South Stand is only just adequate. Visitors have also been impressed by the facilities on offer, noting spacious, modern concourses, flat screen TVs and a good selection of reasonably priced food and drink on offer.

Etihad Stadium Reviews

Massive stadium, good public transport. It’s really easy and comfortable to get here. The stadium tour is worth a visit. I can highly recommend this! The Fanshop is also great and has many things to offer for true fans of the club.

I’m a new MC fan (original Barcelona fan and follow Pep’s footsteps here while I’m in UK). This stadium tour is absolutely beyond my expectation with the latest technology and brilliant guide’s introduction! Enjoy my every moment while visiting this stadium! Also, I got a chance to watch the game!!! It’s my first PL game live! Can’t describe how happy I am! Thanks MC! Go City!!

Highly encourage people to book the early tour to avoid the crowd! The staff are super friendly and helpful to provide any information you need to know about the stadium and players. I enjoyed my time here a lot!

Manchester City Stadium Key Facts

StadiumKey Facts

Capacity

55,097

Address

Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF

Telephone

0161 444 1894

Fax

0161 438 7999

Ticket Office

0161 444 1894 (Option 4)

Rival Club

Manchester United F.C.

Pitch Size

105 by 68 metres (114.8 yd × 74.4 yd)

Pitch Type

Desso GrassMaster

Year Ground Opened

25 July 2002

Record Attendance

54,693

Club Name

Manchester City F.C.

Rival Club

Manchester United F.C.

Official Website

https://www.mancity.com/

Facebook

Manchester City Facebook

Club Nickname

City

Construction Cost

£112 million

Owner

Manchester City Council

Coordinates

53.4831° N, 2.2004° W

Etihad Stadium Video Tour

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Etihad Stadium History

The Etihad Stadium, commonly known as Eastlands, was constructed for the Commonwealth Games in 2002. Following the games, the stadium was turned into a football stadium as a modern successor for Maine Road for Manchester City. Beginning with the 2003-04 season, the club relocated to Etihad Stadium.

Zenit St Petersburg and Rangers FC met in the 2008 UEFA Cup final at Etihad Stadium (2-0). Following a 10-year sponsorship arrangement with Etihad Airways, the stadium was renamed Etihad Stadium in 2011.

Manchester City began feasibility studies to expand the stadium around the same time, initially exploring grandiose ideas to raise the roof and construct a full third tier, but eventually opting on just adding additional tiers to the stands behind the goals.

The South Stand was expanded with an additional deck in the summer of 2014, bringing the total capacity to 6,000 seats. At the same time, the club announced intentions to build three more rows of seating to the pitchside, bringing the total capacity to over 55,000 seats for the 2015-16 season.

The club may perhaps build a third tier to the North Stand, bringing the total capacity to almost 61,000 seats.

Outside Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Events

Etihad Stadium hosts many concerts, as well as football games as this big space, can be used for many things.

The Etihad Stadium offers a unique and memorable experience for you and your guests, whether you’re arranging a retirement party, a special birthday, or just seeking the perfect place to have your event.

Etihad Stadium Seating Map

Below is a seating of the Etihad Stadium:

Where do Away Fans sit at Man City?

Away fans at Manchester City are located in the South Stand at one end of the ground, in both the upper and lower tiers.

Manchester City FC Twitter

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Etihad Stadium Wikipedia

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Etihad Stadium FAQ's

Why is it called Etihad Stadium?

The reason why the Etihad Stadium is called the Etihad is because the stadium is sponsored by Etihad Airways.

What was the Etihad Stadium called before?

Prior to stadium being named Etihad Stadium it was called City Of Manchester Stadium.

How far is Etihad from Old Trafford?

The distance between Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford is approx. 4 miles.

Summary of the Ethihad Stadium

The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, is the home of Premier League team Manchester City F.C., with a capacity of 53,400, making it the fifth-largest in the Premier League and the tenth-largest in the U.k.

The stadium tours are very popular on this ground and only £25! Book your tour and enjoy your day out experiencing the great atmosphere.

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