The Etihad Stadium is a magnificent looking all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 48,000.
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.
How to get to the Etihad Stadium
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.
Manchester Piccadilly is the closest main line 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. 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
Manchester Airport is within 13 miles, with frequent train connections to Manchester Piccadilly Station. Click here to check the current flight times
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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Where to Park?
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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 may exchanges of unpleasant abuse outside the ground.
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.