Manchester City FC - Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Guide

Stadium Info

The Etihad Stadium, also known as Eastlands, was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. After the Games, it was converted for use as a football ground and a further 10,000 seats were added to turn it into a very impressive stadium. The stadium is bowl-shaped, with two tiers all the way around the ground and a third tier along the two side stands whilst offering unobstructed views from every seat. It is currently the 4th-largest stadium in the Premier League and the 12th-largest in the UK, with a seating capacity of 47,726.

Away Fans

Upto 3,000 away fans are allocated one side of both the upper and lower tiers of the South Stand behind one of the goals. This can be increased for cup games if there's enough demand. As you would expect for such a new stadium, the view from all stands is unobstructed but be aware that leg room is a little less friendly for people over 6'0. Facilities are excellent and there's a fair range of food and drink available.

Stadium Layout

Etihad Stadium seating plan:

Etihad Stadium Seating Plan

Where To Drink

There arenít too many places to drink around the ground, most fans preferring to drink in the centre of Manchester before making the short walk to the stadium. Of the pubs within the vicinity, the Stanley sports bar which is about 10 minutes walk away from the stadium does allow a small number of away fans in. It is just set back from the main A6010, going towards Ashburys train station. Children are also allowed.

Parking

There is a small amount of parking available at the stadium which costs £5 per car. The East Car Park is nearest to the away entrance. Street parking is possible but be aware that there is a residents only parking scheme in place in the immediate roads around the ground, and this extends to approximately a mile out from the stadium. Therefore, it means parking further away and then walking to the stadium. Some 'football' car parks have emerged in the local areas charging between £4 and £6 per car.

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By Train

The nearest / closest train stations to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium are Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria. Both are approximately a 20 to 30 minute walk away.

Ashburys is a smaller station situated to the south on Alan Turing Way and is a 15 minute walk to the stadium.

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Fans Reviews

  • Andy Smith wrote:

    Travel: I travelled by car. There are plenty of car parks near the ground.

    Refreshments: There are some local pubs in area that will let away fans in, unless you are UTD. There is plenty of eating bars.

    Impressions: Looks exactly what it is. A new and well built ground. Inside there is plenty of good bars for food & drink. Has a brilliant atmosphere.

    Facilities: Excellent, with ample leg room.

    Exit: Do not head toward the Town Centre or around ground, drive in the opposite direction as it's murder.

    Enjoy: Its always nice to go but its getting too dear for the working man. It is at least worth the visit once.

  • Travel: Got the coach the first time, drove all the others. Itís fairly straightforward, just following the A57 from the motorway. If you head towards Pottery Road, there are a couple of car parks there which arenít bad for getting away and are quite safe.

    Refreshments: First couple of visits, I wasnít impressed. The pubs next to the ground donít allow in away fans, the chippy nearest the ground was horrible, and to make it worse the day of the infamous 11.15am kick off, we ended up having breakfast in the most vile disgusting cafe I think Iíve ever been inÖno exaggeration, I was constantly reminded of the woman in the sweet shop in Roald Dahlís Boy! A steward helpfully pointed us in the direction of a decent pub 2 seasons ago though and itís been a better away day since, called Champagne Charlieís just off the main road as you head down Alan Turing Way. We were late arriving at the game in 2010 so didnít have time to stop, but it looked like this place had shut which is a shame.

    Impressions: Underneath the stand, itís by far the best planned of all the new grounds. Massive, plenty of space for queues without any unnecessary congestion and decent choice of food. In the seats, perfect view from every seat, what more do you need?

    Atmosphere: It variesÖmy first away game was here and I thought it was brilliant. However my next two visits were a 11.15am kick off and New Yearís DayÖboth were absolutely dire from both sets of fans. We won on the next three visits so the atmosphere from us was stunning and non existent from them. Unfortunately when we visit, the whole manc/scouse thing always rears itís ugly head, since on all four visits where we have won, weíve had to put up with having stuff thrown at us after the game, which is nice of them!

    Enjoy: Facilities-wise, it is one of the best around. Not exactly the most welcoming place in the world for us though and as above, edible food is hard to come by!

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Ground Name: Etihad Stadium
Capacity: 47,726 (all seated)
Address: Sportcity, Rowsley St, Manchester M11 3FF
Main Tel No.: 0870 062 1894
Team Nickname: The Blues or Citizens
Year Ground Opened: 2002
Site: www.mcfc.co.uk

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