Manchester City Women – Manchester City Academy Stadium

Known to locals simply as the “Academy Stadium”, the Manchester City Academy Stadium is a 7,000 capacity multi-sport stadium that’s home to both the Manchester City Women’s team as well as the Men’s academy’s senior side.

Following an announcement in 2012, Manchester City Ladies’ position as an official part of the club has been established under a new partners agreement. As a result, the women’s team not only shares business connections and resources with the men’s team but also their training facilities and engages in Premier League marketing and social media.

Since the academy stadium opened directly across from Ashton New Road and Alan Turing Way from Manchester City Stadium, the stadium has set a record three times for an FA WSL league match since mid-2015. Before moving to Academy Stadium, the women’s team was stationed at the Manchester Regional Athletics Arena.

Throughout its history, MCWFC has been associated with Manchester City and was formed in 1988 within the corporate structure. Replica men’s team jerseys were still in use and the team received financial support from the professional side, but was organisationally autonomous for most of its existence. Founded as part of City in the community in 1988 with its development in the 1990s and above based on the commitment of various Manchester City Ladies officials, individuals and volunteers.

How to Get to the Manchester City Academy Stadium

By Car

The Manchester City Academy Stadium is located near the Etihad Stadium and can be accessed from the A635 or A62. The A665 runs from north to south and connects these roads. The stadium is also accessible from Pollard Street and Merrill Street, which merge with Ashton New Road.

The stadium is served by the following main roads:

  • From the North: A6010, M60; passing Oldham and Bury
  • From the South: M6, M56, M60; passing Knutsford and Stockport
  • From the East: M62, A628, passing Huddersfield and the Peak District
  • From the West: M62, passing Warrington and Sale

By Train

The Metrolink runs from the city centre, including Manchester Piccadilly Station, to the Velopark stop and then continues to Ashton. The travel time from the Piccadilly train station is roughly 12 minutes.

By Metrolink Park & Ride

Getting to the stadium is easy from the many Park & ​​Ride locations on the Metrolink network. Parking is free for Metrolink passengers. For those coming from the east or north, there are two large Park & ​​Ride car garages at Ashton West and Ashton Moss. The travel time to the stadium is approximately 25 minutes.

By Bus

There are bus stops right next to the stadium. The stop is Asda Superstore in front of the North Gate entrance.

By Walking

Should you opt to walk to the venue, there’s a safe, well-lit and signposted pedestrian path from Manchester Piccadilly train station to the arena. Simply follow the “City Link” signs. From the city centre, it takes about 30 minutes to walk to the academy stadium.

Where to Park

Parking spaces are available in the north car park. However, you should note that there’s a residential street parking system around the Academy Stadium, which is strictly enforced and marked with street signs. Please do not park in these areas as you will be fined and your vehicle could be pinched or removed. Payday parking spaces are available on-site at Blue Car Park H, accessible via Alan Turing Way (Gate 2). There’s also available car and coach parking spots at the Grey Car Park on Ashton New Road.

Away Friendly Pubs Near the Manchester City Academy Stadium

There are only a few available pubs near or in the stadium that welcome away fans, including the FanZone, which is a bar on-site predominantly for home supporters. Also, the Manchester City Supporters Club have their own City Social bar located on the opposite side of the North Stand.

Outside the site, ‘The Stanley‘ pub allows away fans in as long as they come in small numbers. It’s about a ten-minute walk from the stadium. Simply head to Pottery Lane, which goes towards the Ashburys train station. There’s also the Townley on Albert Street, which is nearer as it’s only a five-minute walk away from the stadium. The atmosphere is great here but they do encourage fans to dress discreetly, meaning no team colours or specific supporter shirts.

You can also venture into the city centre for a drink. If you choose to go there instead, you may want to head to the Printworks located in Manchester near the Victoria Station. There are a ton of pub options there as well as food choices, however, it is about 30 minutes away from the stadium by foot.

Lastly, away fans should really steer clear of the Queen Victoria Pub at the end of Gray Mare Lane, Mary D`s on Gray Mare Lane, as well as the bars along Ashton New Road since these spots are the local fans’ watering holes. Both streets are in the area behind the end of the stadium so it shouldn’t be difficult to miss or avoid all together.

Hotels Near the Manchester City Academy Stadium

There are a handful of good, reliable, and safe accommodations near the arena. So, you won’t find it difficult to find an Airbnb, bed and breakfast, inn, or major hotel chain that caters to your budget and other needs. You can also check Booking.com, Agoda, or other third-party booking sites to see if they offer discounts for Manchester City FC fans.

What Have Other Away Fans Said About Their Trip to the Manchester City Academy Stadium?

Visiting fans are located on one side of the south stand at one end of the site, divided into upper, middle and lower tiers, which can accommodate up to 3,000 fans. The view of the action is quite impressive. The only real complaint from fans was the lack of distance between the home and away fans. There were only a few seats and several folders between the two sets of fans, leading to a great deal of awkward rushing between the two, and of course, it was always the visiting fans who were seen by the stewards as the cause of the problems.

The facilities are pretty great, with spacious lounges and large flat-screen plasma TVs showing the game. There’s also a fair selection of food, beer and drinks. Once the game’s over, fans are immediately kept separated outside by a large fence erected by the police, which seems to lead to a lot of nasty abuse. It’s also worth noting that fans have to go through a security chain before reaching the turnstiles, where tickets are checked, registration is carried out and the contents of the suitcases are checked.

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Stadium Key Facts

  • Capacity – 7,000 (5,000 seated)
  • Address – Academy Stadium, Etihad Campus North Gate, 400 Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 4TQ
  • Telephone – +44 161 444 1894
  • Fax – +44 161 438 7999
  • Ticketing – +44 161 444 1894
  • Email – [email protected]
  • Rival Club – Manchester United
  • Pitch Size – 116 x 77 yards
  • Pitch Type – Grass
  • Year Ground Opened – 2002
  • Record Attendance – 54,693 v Leicester City
  • Club Name – Manchester City Women’s Football Club
  • Official Website – www.mancity.com
  • Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mancity/
  • Club Nickname -The Citizens, The Blues, City, Man City
  • Construction Cost – £200 million
  • Owner – Manchester City FC
  • Coordinates – 53°28′52″N 2°11′34″W

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