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Etihad Stadium | 6th-Largest Football Stadium in England

Two teams, one city – While Manchester United boasts Theatre of Dreams, Manchester City calls Etihad Stadium home. This stadium initially rose for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, but destiny had grander plans. It expanded to host football as Manchester City took over the tenancy. But what makes Etihad Stadium and Manchester City FC special? That's the real deal – you have to experience it. The best way to do that, other than actually attending a game, is on the Etihad Stadium Tour. So, ready to kick off your adventure?

Why Visit Etihad Stadium?

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  • The defeat of the Red Devils: The battlefield where Manchester City defeated the Red Devils! Etihad Stadium witnessed epic clashes between Manchester United and Manchester City. The intensity was off the charts. Both teams gave it their all, but the Red Devils couldn't triumph, falling to Manchester City 4-1.
  • Smells...garlicky?: The Etihad pitch once smelled like garlic. Why, you ask? Well, it's all about pitch care. When bugs infested the turf, the groundsmen concocted a garlic-water spray. It worked wonders, and they stuck with it for two years. That's dedication, showing they care about their team's training conditions.
  • Design That'll Make You Spin: The Etihad Stadium, designed by Arup Associates, was completed in 2003. With a seating capacity of over 55,000, it's the fourth-largest in the English Premier League. The unique circular roof and asymmetrical façade give it a distinct vibe.
  • Token of Fan-tastic Love: Manchester City has embraced blockchain technology, creating Fan Tokens. These digital assets let fans engage with the club, from voting on decisions to accessing exclusive content and earning rewards. It's a fresh way for fans to connect with their beloved team.
  • More Than Soccer: The Etihad Stadium isn't just for soccer; it's a hotspot for concerts and events. Icons like Coldplay, Oasis, and Take That have rocked the stage here, entertaining hordes of fans. Its versatile design and top-notch facilities make it a prime spot for major happenings.

Etihad Stadium Highlights

  • Players' dressing room: Where the team gets ready before a game. It's a big room with lockers for each player, and it's got showers, baths, and a spot for any necessary medical treatment. Besides that, it's where the players huddle up for pep talks and celebrate when they win.
  • Players' tunnel: A hallway connecting the dressing room to the playing field. It's where the players march through on their way to the pitch before a match, and they walk back through it after the game is over.
  • Press conference room: Here, the coach and players meet with reporters after matches. It's a pretty room with a stage where they sit, and there are seats for all the journalists to ask questions.
  • Dugouts: The dugouts are strategically positioned areas where the coach and substitutes sit during games. They are situated right on the sidelines of the field, allowing the coach to make real-time decisions and the substitutes to be ready to enter the action when called upon.
  • Pitch: The pitch is simply the field where the game unfolds. It's typically a rectangular grass field, but in some instances, stadiums feature artificial turf for durability and ease of maintenance.
  • City Football Academy: Manchester City's high-tech training center. They've got several training fields, an indoor training dome, a gym, and a sports science center. It's also where they nurture young talent in their academy teams to prepare them for the first team.

Plan Your Visit to the Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Timings

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Closed: Matchdays, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day

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Address: Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF, United Kingdom

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Getting There

  • By bus: Take the 16 or 22 bus from Buchanan Bus Station and get off at the Etihad Campus stop.
  • By metro: Take the Metrolink to the Etihad Campus station.
  • By car: Take the M602 motorway to the Etihad Campus exit and follow the signs.
Etihad Stadium Aerial

The gate leading from the sidewalk into the building is the entryway. A letter is used to denote this. Take Entrance E as an example. Your Manchester City ticket will have an entrance gate printed on it. Here, you'll need to show your ticket and go through the usual security checks. The Manchester City Stadium Tour began at Etihad Stadium Gate 'M' on June 14, 2023. The entrance is well-marked, and there is helpful staff on hand to show you the way.

  • Lockers: Rent lockers near entrances, small fee.
  • Toilets: Wheelchair accessible, baby changing.
  • Wifi: Free wifi throughout.
  • Tours: Guided tours (90 min) behind the scenes. Audio guides available.
  • Baby changing: Facilities near toilets.
  • First aid: Station staffed by medical professionals.
  • Lost and Found: Located in the stadium.
  • Wheelchair accessible: Stadium has facilities for disabled supporters.
Helpful tips
  • Arrive early and take a stadium tour. This is the best way to learn about the history of the stadium and Manchester City Football Club. You'll also get to see behind-the-scenes areas that are not accessible to the public on matchdays.
  • Visit the Etihad Stadium Museum. This museum tells the story of Manchester City Football Club through interactive exhibits, trophies, and memorabilia. It's a great place to learn about the club's rich history and its many successes.
  • Eat at one of the many restaurants and bars in the stadium. There is a wide variety of food and drink options available, from traditional British pub fare to international cuisine. You can also grab a quick bite to eat at one of the many concessions stands.
  • Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. The Etihad Stadium has free Wi-Fi throughout the stadium, so you can stay connected with your friends and family during the match. You can also use the Wi-Fi to access the Manchester City app, which provides live match updates, team news, and more.
  • Visit the City Football Academy. The City Football Academy is Manchester City's state-of-the-art training complex. It's located next to the Etihad Stadium and offers a variety of tours and experiences for fans of all ages. You can see where the players train, learn about the club's philosophy, and even meet some of the players and coaching staff.
  • Take a photo with the statue of Sergio Agüero. Sergio Agüero is one of the most iconic players in Manchester City history. He scored the winning goal in the final minutes of the 2012 Premier League season to give City their first league title in 44 years. There is a statue of Agüero outside the Etihad Stadium, and it's a popular spot for fans to take photos.
  • Vermilion: This Indian restaurant offers a variety of dishes, including tandoori chicken, butter chicken, and lamb vindaloo.
  • The Counter: This American restaurant offers a build-your-own burger bar, as well as salads, wraps, and other dishes.
  • Mane Road Cafe: This traditional British cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with dishes such as fish and chips, full English breakfast, and pie and mash.
  • Pizza Express: This Italian restaurant offers a variety of pizzas, pastas, and other dishes.
  • The Alchemist: This gastropub offers a variety of modern British dishes, as well as cocktails and craft beers.

Budget: Travelodge Manchester, Ibis Styles Manchester City Centre, City Stay Hotel

Mid-Range: Holiday Inn Express Manchester, Leonardo Hotel Manchester Piccadilly, Premier Inn Manchester

Luxury: Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, The Principal Manchester, Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Piccadilly Gardens
  • The National Football Museum: This museum tells the story of football in England, from its early days to the present. It is located in the city centre, just a short walk from the stadium.
  • MediaCityUK: This is a large media complex that is home to several television and radio stations, as well as the BBC's northern headquarters. It is located in Salford Quays, which is a short drive from the stadium.
  • The Lowry: This is an art gallery that houses a collection of modern and contemporary art. It is located in Salford Quays, which is a short drive from the stadium.
  • Manchester Town Hall: This is a Grade I listed building that is a popular tourist destination. It is located in the city centre, just a short walk from the stadium.
  • Piccadilly Gardens: This is a public square that is located in the city centre. It is a popular spot for events and festivals.

Frequently Asked Questions About Etihad Stadium Tickets

How much is a ticket to the Etihad Stadium?

The price of a ticket to the Etihad Stadium tour varies depending on the age of the visitor. Tickets for the best seats in the stadium are also more expensive. Fans under the age of 16 can usually get discounted tickets.

How to book tickets to the Etihad Stadium?

The best way to book tickets to the Etihad Stadium is through the club's official website. You can also book tickets by phone or in person at the Etihad Stadium ticket office.

Why should I book Etihad Stadium tickets online?

Booking Etihad Stadium tour tickets online is the most convenient and efficient way to get tickets. You can book tickets 24/7 and you can choose a time that is convenient for you. You can also save your payment information for future purchases.

What do Etihad Stadium tickets include?

An Etihad Stadium tour ticket includes a guided tour of the stadium, including the players' dressing room, the players' tunnel, the press conference room, and the dugouts. You will also learn about the history of the stadium and Manchester City Football Club.

Are discounts available on Etihad Stadium tickets?

Yes, discounts are available on Etihad Stadium tour tickets for groups of 10 or more. There are also discounts available for Manchester City Supporters Club members.

How do I access the City Football Museum?

The City Football Museum at Etihad Stadium can be accessed by purchasing a separate ticket. Tickets for the City Football Museum and the Etihad Stadium Tour are available online or at the stadium box office.

How long does it take to complete a Etihad Stadium tour?

The Etihad Stadium tour typically takes about 90 minutes to complete. The tour includes a visit to the players' dressing room, the players' tunnel, the press conference room, and the dugouts. You will also learn about the history of the stadium and Manchester City Football Club.