Etihad Stadium Like?
After playing at Maine
Road for 80 years, the Club moved to the
then called City Of Manchester Stadium in
August 2003. The stadium was originally built for
the Commonwealth Games, held in 2002 and cost
in the region of £90m to construct. After that
event it was agreed Manchester City would become the new tenants, thus
incurring the envy of clubs who would also relish
the chance to gain such a wonderful stadium. The
club spent £20m in refitting
the removal of the running
track and extending the
stands further downwards (adding a further
10,000 seats to the capacity) so that the
spectator areas are closer to the playing action.
A roof was also added to one end of the stadium.
In July 2011, the Club announced a ten year sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways to rename the stadium, to the Etihad stadium. Although many fans (and some commentators no doubt) will still call it Eastlands. Also of interest is that the playing surface is the largest in the League.
Man City get my vote for the weirdest looking mascots in the league. Whilst most clubs have elected to re-create some furry creature, Man City have as their mascots a pair of aliens called 'Moonchester' and 'Moonbeam'.
|Future Stadium Developments|
The Club have announced
ambitious plans in partnership with Manchester City
Council and New East Manchester, to
re-develop the area around the
stadium. Plans have yet to be announced as to
what exactly this will entail, but part of the
scheme will involve an evaluation of how the present
capacity of the 48,000 stadium can be further
increased (possibly by adding an additional tier to
both ends). A new Metrolink service will also come
into operation in 2012, linking the stadium directly
with Piccadilly Railway Station. Fans will be able
to reach the stadium from Piccadilly in around 10
minutes by using this service.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
Away fans are
located in one side of the South Stand at one
end of the ground, in both the upper and lower
tiers, where up to 3,000 fans
can be accommodated (4,500 for cup games). The
view of the action is pretty impressive
although the atmosphere within the stadium is a
bit 'hit and miss' at times. I did hear
though on my last visit one very good
rendition of the Man City fans anthem 'Blue
Moon'. My only real complaint was the lack
of distance between the home and away
supporters. Only a few seats and a row of
stewards stood in-between the two sets of
fans, which led to a lot of unpleasant
baiting between the two. And of course it
was always the away fans who were adjudged
to be causing the problems by the stewards
(although I'm sure that if I visited on
another occasion I probably would have seen
the same Man City fans baiting in the same
manner) and this led a number of away fans
on my visit being escorted out of the
Ed Jones informs me; 'There is now a large area just outside the stadium, where supporters can drink and eat in a covered area, which is open before and after matches. There are two large bars, one for food and one for drinks. Food includes Steaks, Burgers, Curries, Rice, Chips, Pizza etc.. All kinds of drinks are served in the Summerbee bar. There is a huge stage, with accompanied lcd screen which shows match highlights, and usually has live interviews which ex players, personalities etc.. The facilities are open to all fans, however, this may be different for a derby match'.
|Where To Drink?|
There are not a great deal of pubs around the stadium, and the few available are predominantly for home support. However, 'The Stanley' (aka Sports Bar) pub does let in away fans in small numbers. It is about a ten minute walk away from the stadium, just set back from the main A6010 (Pottery Lane), going towards Ashburys train station. The easiest way to find it is to locate the large Asda store behind one side of the stadium (there is also a McDonalds outlet next door to the store, plus there is a cafe located inside it) and on facing the superstore turn right and proceed down the main road, you will come to the pub on the left. It does cost £1 for adults to enter the pub, (they even stamp your hand as if you were entering a night club) but children are at least admitted free. Inside there is a large screen showing SKY Sports, good service and a good mix of home and away support.
Finneran informs me; 'I would recommend the
Townley on Albert Street, which is only a five
minute walk away from the stadium. The
pub has a good atmosphere and as long as
away fans arrive early and are discrete (i.e.
no colours) then they should be okay. Also the
Manchester City Supporters Club have their own
City Social bar opposite the North Stand. I
have seen opposition supporters in there now
and again, so if you are a member of your own
team's supporters club, then your branch
secretary may be able to arrange a visit to
the Social bar in advance'.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
stadium is located in the North East of Manchester.
The stadium now has its own Metrolink stop on the East Manchester line, called Etihad Campus; this is only a five minute walk from the away end. Trams can be caught from either Victoria or Piccadilly railway stations (or Market Street or Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre), taking a tram towards Droylsden, calling at Etihad Campus (which is on the north side of the stadium, next to the outside catering and toilets at City Square) and then Velopark (south east side of the stadium, near Asda, which is slightly nearer the away fans stadium entrance). Trams are frequent on matchdays (every 6 minutes). The journey time from Piccadilly Station to the Etihad Campus stop is 8 minutes. A return ticket for this journey costs £2.90 for adults and £1.40 for children. Pre-recorded passenger information such as the names of station stops are read out by individual Manchester City players and management!
new Metrolink stop also makes it easier
to park near the motorways and get a tram into the
city as the Metrolink has
other lines into the city from Oldham, Eccles and
Altrincham with parking facilities at several
(e.g. at Ladywell near the M62/M602 from Liverpool
and Whitefield (near M60 junction
17). For a PDF map
showing the stops around the stadium
visit the Metrolink
The closest railway station is Ashburys which is a short five minute train ride away from Manchester Piccadilly Station. The stadium is about a 15 minute walk away from Ashburys station. As you come out of the station turn left and after proceeding up the road you will come to the stadium on your left.
Otherwise if you have time on your hands then you can embark on the 20/25 minute walk from Piccadilly Station to the stadium. At the bottom of the main station approach turn right into Ducie Street. At the end of the road turn right onto Great Ancoats Street. Cross over the road, then the canal and turn left into Pollard Street - this is well marked as a walking route to "Sportcity". Continue straight along Pollard Street which leads onto the A662 Ashton New Road and you will come to the stadium on your left.
A shorter route from the station is to use the new exit to Fairfield Street (the taxi rank). As you come off the platforms, itís in the left hand corner of the main concourse. Lifts or escalators down. (Thereís also an exit from the little concourse off the bridge near platforms 13/14.) At the street exit head toward the railway over bridge, under that, then left again under the railway (Travis Street continuing into Adair Street), left at the end and right into Pollard Street (then as above).
Alternatively you can get a taxi from Piccadilly Station (around £6) or a bus from Piccadilly Gardens - Go down the main approach from the station, then along London Road to Piccadilly Gardens; normal service buses (216 and 231) leave from the right (north) side of the Gardens (between Lever Street and Oldham Street) and special matchday buses just across the road - £1.50 each way. Service 53 runs round the city's ring road and past the stadium. On the return, the special buses leave from Ashton New Road just across from the away end.
Thanks to Steve Parish for providing the above directions and bus information.
Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
|Admission Prices For Away Supporters|
Like a number of Clubs Manchester City have a category system for tickets, whereby it costs more to watch the most popular games. Prices for the highest category are shown below, with lowest category shown in brackets:
Stand (Upper Tier):
Adults £51 (£32), Over
65's £42 (£25), Under
16's £27 (£17)
|Manchester City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Programme & Fanzine|
Programme: £3 (on sale inside
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|The club offer daily tours of the stadium. The tours cost; Adults £8.50 & £6 for concessions. There is also a Family Ticket available (2 Adults + 2 Concessions) at £25. The tour also includes a visit to the Club Museum & the City Sports Bar. Tours should be booked in advance by calling: 0161 444 1894 (Option 4).|
|Record & Average Attendance|
At The City Of Manchester Stadium:
47,726 Zenit St. Petersburg v Glasgow Rangers
UEFA Cup Final, May 14th 2008.
For a Manchester City game at the stadium:
47,435 v Queens Park Rangers
Premier League, May 13th, 2012.
At Maine Road:
84,569 v Stoke City,
FA Cup 6th Round, March 3rd 1934.
2011-2012: 47,045 (Premier League)
2010-2011: 45,905 (Premier League)
2009-2010: 45,513 (Premier League)
|Fans Reviews Of The Etihad Stadium|
Rutter (Reading) 22/12/12
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|Maine Road Photos|
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Last Updated: 16 March 2013