The Etihad Stadium - also referred to as The City of Manchester Stadium - is a football stadium located in Manchester, England. It is the home base of Manchester City. The stadium opened in 2002 and it has a capacity of 55,097. During the summer of 2015, the stadium's capacity was expanded and its capacity was increased.
Stand amongst Man City fans at Etihad Stadium
The Etihad stadium is generally known as the City of Manchester Stadium. The original name came about because of sponsorship rights but no one actually calls it the Etihad Stadium. The relatively new stadium was built in 2002 for the Commonwealth Games. Great tournaments took place in the stadium afterwards. The 2008 UEFA Cup Final took place in the stadium and rugby league matches, football internationals, box matches, and concerts get hosted in the stadium, as well. Manchester’s city council and Manchester City invested in the Etihad Stadium after the Commonwealth Games to turn it into a football stadium with a capacity of 48,000.
Etihad Stadium’s history
Manchester City has been playing in the Etihad Stadium since 2003, but where did they play before they played in Etihad? The older football supporters like to think back to the authentic Maine Road. This was Manchester City’s home for 80 years, until they were ready to move out of it. Houses were built on the place where the Maine Road used to stand, and it’s very special to mention that the centre circle of the field has been preserved. The Etihad Stadium is not as charming as the Maine Road, but it’s a gorgeous stadium and you won’t get enough of the amazing atmosphere in the stadium.
Visit Etihad Stadium?
Are you in Manchester’s city centre and would you like to go to the Etihad Stadium? You could walk to the stadium because it only takes around 30 minutes to walk there. Would you rather hop on a bus for half of the time? You can board bus 216, 217 or 230 (all towards Ashton-under-Lyne) at bus stop Piccadilly Gardens to get to the Etihad Stadium. Hop off the bus at bus stop Etihad Stadium and walk towards the stadium. Is it extremely busy at the bus stop and are you not able to catch a bus? Then you could also travel from Piccadilly Gardens to Velopark by tram. Tram Blue Line towards Ashton-under-Lyne brings you to Velopark and then you have to walk another seven minutes to the stadium. Would you like to admire this beautiful, multifunctional stadium? Book your football trip to Manchester City and have an amazing day at the Etihad Stadium!