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Etihad Stadium: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022)

It is located in Manchester and has a capacity of 54,000. Etihad Stadium, also known as Eastlands, was built for the Commonwealth Games in 2002. It has a capacity of 54,000 and is located in Manchester.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Sunday, 03.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

Etihad Stadium, also known as Eastlands, was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. After the games, it was converted into a football stadium to provide Manchester City with a modern replacement for their former home, Maine Road. The club moved into Etihad Stadium at the start of the 2003-04 season. In 2008, the UEFA Cup final was played at Etihad Stadium in Manchester between Zenit St Petersburg and Rangers FC. The stadium had originally been called City of Manchester Stadium, but was renamed Etihad Stadium in 2011 following a 10-year sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways.

A feasibility study into expanding the stadium was first conducted by Manchester City, considering plans to raise the roof and add a complete third tier. However, after considering the cost and effort involved, they eventually settled on just adding additional tiers to the stands behind the goals.

In the summer of 2014, construction started on expanding the South Stand with an additional tier, which increased the stadium's capacity to over 6,000 seats. At the same time, the club announced plans to add a further 3 rows of seating pitchside, which increased total capacity to over 55,000 seats for the start of the 2015-16 season.

If there is sufficient demand, the club may add a third tier to the North Stand, which will increase capacity to approximately 61,000 seats.

How to get to the Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium is located in east Manchester, about 1.5 miles from Manchester's city center and slightly less from Manchester Piccadilly Station. The walk from the city centre to the stadium takes about 30 minutes, and it is 25 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly Station. Follow the City Link signs.

It is quicker though to catch the Metrolink from either Piccadilly Station or - for example - Market Street in the city centre. Take a train in the direction of Droylsden and get off at stop Etihad Campus right next to Etihad Stadium. The journey takes 8 to 10 minutes.

There are a large number of buses that serve the stadium, such as line 53, 54, 185, 186, 216, 217, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, X36 and X37.

Alternatively, the stadium can be reached by train. If arriving by car, the Sportcity Stadium can best be reached from the M60 (running east from the city). Take either junction 22 or 24, and drive east towards the city centre. From there on, follow the signs for Sportcity. Alternatively, arrive by train and follow the directions accordingly.

Address: Etihad Stadium, SportCity, Manchester, M11 3FF

Eat, drink, and sleep near Etihad Stadium

The area around the Etihad Stadium is not well-liked by many people in Manchester, and apart from the odd pub there are few options for eating and drinking. The city centre is accessible by foot though; one can therefore just as easily eat and drink there and then walk or take the metrolink to the stadium. There are some bars around Piccadilly Station, closest to the stadium, but other nightlife areas such as the Northern Quarters, The Printworks (both north of the center), Deansgate Locks (south), or around the Town Hall are not too far away either.

There are no hotels located directly near the Etihad Stadium, but there is an Ibis Budget hotel approximately 10 minutes away from the stadium center.

There are a variety of hotels near Piccadilly Station, though most are in the higher end category. The Portland by Thistle, Premier Inn, Britannia Hotel, and Mercure are some of the cheaper options. Of course, there are other options in the center of Manchester, and public transportation is easily accessible. Click here for an overview of all hotels in Manchester.

Manchester City Tickets

Tickets for Manchester City games can be bought online, by phone, or in person. While Man City generally sells out high-profile matches, tickets for other matches are generally available, especially if booked in advance.

ticket prices depend on the opponent. The price for a lower-tier seat behind the goal begins at £35.00 and the price for a higher-profile opponent starts at £57.00.

The downside to this method is that it can take a while for these tickets to become available so be patient. If the match is sold out, you can get hospitality tickets through either viagogo or Stubhub. These tend to be rather reasonably priced, so they're even worth a shot if you fancy trying out a slightly upgraded experience. The downside to this method is that it can take a while for these tickets to become available, so be patient.

For more information call +44 (0) 161 444 1894 or email [email protected]

Etihad Stadium tours

The tour at the Etihad Stadium lasts for about seventy minutes, and it includes visits to the dressing room, players' tunnel, directors' box, press conference room, and the dug outs. Tours run every day of the week between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm, though different schedules can apply, in particular on matchdays.

Tours can be booked online or by phone at +44 161 444 1894. The cost is £16.00. For more information, email [email protected]

Relevant Internet links

Visit Manchester is the official tourism website for Greater Manchester. They offer a range of information including public transport maps, timetables, and fare information. Mcfc.co.uk is the official website of Manchester City and offers news, features, and Stadium information. Special mention should go to the Manchester City stewards. They were exemplary, cheerful, helpful and enthusiastic, and were always ready to help. Well done to all of them – they made our evening very enjoyable. I wish Villa had been back in the premier league so I could visit them again soon.

I attended the Taylor Swift concert on 9 June 2018. This was my first visit to Villa and I absolutely loved it. Everything is well laid out and signposted, with particular mention going to the Man City stewards who were exemplary, cheerful, helpful and enthusiastic. Well done to all of us – we had a great time. Just wish Villa were back in the Premier League so I could visit again soon.

It is easy to go to a bar in the city centre and then onto the stadium. Plenty of accommodation is available in Manchester with a good price range, but be aware that Manchester hosts a lot of events so make sure you don't leave it too late if you want a hotel room.

There are special buses from the city centre on match days. You can even walk from the city centre in about 25 minutes. It is easy to go to a bar in the city centre then onto the stadium. Plenty of accommodation in Manchester with a good price range, but be aware that Manchester hosts a lot of events so do not leave it too late if you want a hotel room.

if you're visiting London. Yvonne Buckingham wrote: 7 December 2013 at 4:36pm I went on the Stadium tour today. Our guide Lynne was so nice, pleasant and informative. There was plenty of time to take as many photos as we wanted. I would definitely recommend this tour if you're visiting London.

if you are planning a visit to the Stadium. I went on the Stadium tour today, 7th December. Our guide Lynne was polite, pleasant, and informative. There was plenty of time to take pictures, and I would definitely recommend this tour if you're visiting the Stadium.

Sharron Dickinson wrote: Hello! On visiting the stadium for the first time last night to see Bon Jovi in concert, I must say a big thank you to your staff for relocating my seats with no fuss and lots of help, due to me being scared of heights and the seats we were allocated were up on the 3rd level. The evening was very enjoyable, thank you again.

I would like to say thank you to your staff for relocating my seats for last night's concert. I was very scared of heights and was pleased that my seats were situated on the third level.

A very enjoyable evening, thank you again x

Ivo wrote: The stadium tour is great. You get to see all there is to see, with a friendly guide and plenty of time and opportunity to ask your questions and pictures. Included in the price is some friendly trivia supplied by the guide about that other team from the same town. Be sure to present your tour ticket at the fanshop to get a 10% discount on your purchase!

The stadium tour is great. You get to see all of the sights there are to see, a friendly guide, and plenty of time and opportunity to ask your questions and take pictures. Included in the price is some friendly trivia supplied by the guide about that other team from the same town.

Present your tour ticket at the fan shop to get a 10% discount on your purchase!

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