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Heading to The Etihad?

Our Away Day Guide for Manchester City

7 February 2022

There's another new ground to tick-off this Wednesday as we take on Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium. It's 32 years since we last played City away with the blue half of Manchester swapping Maine Road for The Etihad in that time. Here's our away day guide for the trip to M11.

Opponents: Manchester City

Date: Wednesday 9 February

Kick-off: 7.45pm

Capacity:  55,017

Post code for sat-nav: M11 3FF

Built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the City of Manchester Stadium, as it was initially known, became Manchester City's base in August 2003, replacing their Maine Road home of 80 years. 

The initial stadium housed 41,000 spectators in a two-tier structure. Prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the 2002 Commonwealths were the largest multi-sport event ever to be staged in the United Kingdom, eclipsing the earlier London 1948 Summer Olympics in numbers of teams and competing athletes (3,679), and it was the world's first multi-sport tournament to include a limited number of full medal events for elite athletes with a disability.

Following the games, the athletics track was excavated and the stadium pitch level reduced to create a third tier. Sections of the track were removed and relaid at other athletics venues, and the internal ground level was lowered to make way for an additional tier of seating, on terracing already constructed then buried for the original configuration. 

During the 2014/15 season, the South Stand was extended with the addition of a third tier, increasing stadium capacity to approximately 55,000.

The stadium is part of a wider City Football Campus which includes the stadium, City Football Academy, and club world headquarters. There are plans for a new 23,500 capacity indoor arena which could be used for events such as MMA, concerts, basketball and other events on the site.


On 24 May 2008, Stockport-born and twice IBF and IBO light welterweight champion boxer, Ricky Hatton defeated Juan Lazcano in a contest billed as "Hatton's Homecoming". The fight was held in front of 56,337 fans, setting a record attendance for a British boxing event post World War II


National Rail

Ashburys Station [ABY]

The station is located at Pottery Lane, Manchester M12 5BY; 15 mins’ walk from the ground.

It offers the following services: 

  • Northern Rail services to Manchester Piccadilly, Hadfield and New Mills Central

Directions to ground: turn left out of the station; walk along the road and the stadium will be on your left.

Manchester Piccadilly station [MAN]

The station is located at London Road, Manchester M60 7RA; 35 mins’ walk from the ground.

It offers the following services:

  • Virgin Trains services to London, via Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe
  • First TransPennine Express services to Leeds, Newcastle, Hull, Middlesbrough, Liverpool, York, Manchester Airport, Sheffield, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow
  • Metrolink services to Etihad Stadium (see below)
  • Northern Rail services to Sheffield, Manchester Airport, and Cheshire
  • CrossCountry Trains to Bournemouth, Birmingham, Oxford, Southampton, Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff
  • East Midlands Trains services to Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham and Norwich

Directions to ground: take a Northern Rail train 5 minutes to Ashburys, and follow the directions above. Alternatively, there is a well-lit and signposted route available to walk, that takes roughly 30 minutes. There is signage to direct fans along the route; just follow the ‘City Link’ signs.


Etihad Campus (East Manchester line, 2 mins’ walk away).

Trains run from Manchester Piccadilly and Ashton-under-Lyne, with journey time from the former roughly 10 minutes. Note that both Holt Town and Velopark, stops either side of Etihad Campus, are not operational for at least one hour after events.

Tickets must be purchased prior to travel and machines are located on every platform. The consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden on Metrolink.


Routes 53, 188, 216, 217, 231 all serve Etihad Stadium, some from the city centre and others from surrounding areas. Additionally, Stagecoach Manchester operates a match special between Piccadilly and the stadium; the frequent buses are £1.80 for adults and £0.90 for children, each way.


MANTAX - 0161 230 3333


Etihad Stadium on Google Maps: click here

The stadium is served by the following main roads:

  • From North: A6010, M60; passing Oldham and Bury
  • From South: M6, M56, M60; passing Knutsford and Stockport
  • From East: M62, A628, passing Huddersfield and the Peak District
  • From West: M62, passing Warrington and Sale

From City Centre

Etihad Stadium lies east of Manchester City Centre, accessible using either the A635 or A62. The A665 runs north-to-south and connects these roads, and the stadium can also be reached using Pollard Street and Merrill Street, which merges into Ashton New Road.

Stadium Area

The stadium forms part of the SportCity complex on Manchester’s east side, which also houses the Manchester Velodrome and Regional Tennis Centre. The A6010 (Alan Turing Way) runs north-to-south through the middle of the complex, providing connections to the M60 (which surrounds Manchester).


For the 2021/22 season, Manchester City have introduced a new Car Parking system to maximise the available spaces at the Etihad Campus. Car Parking must now be pre-booked on a match-by-match basis.

The pricing for 2021/22 season will be:

  • £8 for two or more passengers
  • £10 for single occupancy


The Etihad is a cashless stadium. All payments inside and outside the stadium will be contactless and cash will not be accepted.

Backpacks, holdalls, rucksacks, or other similar items of any size, large or small, will not be allowed into the stadium. Small handheld bags, no larger than A4 size (12”x8”x3”) will be accepted. If you must bring a bag to the stadium that exceeds the allowable size, bag drop facilities that you can use to securely store your items will be in place until the match has finished.

If you have a medical condition that requires you to bring a bag or other equipment, please contact the Access Team at

The bag drop will be priced at £10.


Printworks and Deansgate are great places to eat and drink in Manchester City centre, with a number of bars and restaurants in the area.

If you are looking for something different, the National Football Museum (M4 3BG) is in the middle of Manchester, next to Victoria Station, housing the world’s greatest football collection of over 140,000 items. It’s open 10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Season Ticket/Premium Seat Holders are still able to buy up to six tickets for our away game against Manchester City from the Box Office only. Tickets for this fixture will be available until Wednesday 9 February, 11am.

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