The Etihad Stadium
The City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England, also known as the Etihad Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is the home ground of Manchester City Football Club and with a domestic football capacity of 55,097, the fourth-largest in the Premier League and eighth-largest in the United Kingdom.
Built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the stadium has since staged the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, England football internationals, rugby league matches, a boxing world title fight, the England rugby union team’s last match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and summer music concerts during the football off-season. (Wikipedia).
When it comes to football Manchester is a city of two colours, City blue and Man United red. The home of Manchester City, The Etihad Stadium, is located on Ashton New Road, just past the Ancoats area (near the Northern Quarter). It is possible to walk or use the Metrolink service to the football ground from Piccadilly Train Station.
The Manchester City Stadium tour is an excellent experience for any fan, granting you access behind the scenes and in the backstage areas such as the dressing rooms and players tunnel. Visitors can also enjoy a guided stadium tour by a club legend and hear some fascinating stories on the VIP legends tour, this also includes a VIP meal in a platinum box!
Visiting the stadium is the perfect trip for any blue. However, no visit to The Etihad is complete without popping into the Manchester City Stadium Store where you can buy the latest kit, official Manchester City clothing and all kinds of merchandise to remember your day by.
Facts About The Etihad
- Highest official attendance: 47,435 v QPR, 13/05/2012
- Highest non-football Attendance: 60,000 Oasis Concert 02/07/2005
- Highest Average Attendance: 47,044 2011-12 season
- First Game: Manchester City v Barcelona 10/08/2003
- First League Game: Manchester City v Portsmouth 23/08/2003