Manchester City v Stoke City
Saturday 23rd April 2016 | Kick Off 12.45pm
Manchester City FC
MANCHESTER CITY moved to their home in the Eastlands area of Manchester in August 2003 following 80 years in residence at Maine Road.
The impressive stadium was originally constructed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games after which the Citizens became the new tenants. Considerable work was then required to convert the stadium for pure football usage at a cost of £20 million which involved removal of the athletics track and the installation of a further 10,000 seats down towards pitch-side.
The fully-enclosed stadium has a bowl-like design with three-tiered stands along the sides, along with a new third-tier behind the goal at the South Stand which was completed in August 2015, to in turn raise the capacity by 7,000 to 55,000.
A North Stand third tier has planning approval as well and work on it is expected to begin by 2017, increasing capacity to around 61,000.
The record gate at the former Maine Road ground was, of course, the 84,569 who attended the FA Cup Quarter Final tie against the Potters on Saturday 3rd March 1934.
Any visiting supporter who is collecting tickets may do so from the South Stand Ticket Office.
Supporters with any questions or queries relating to their match ticket should also visit the South Stand Ticket Office.
It is expected to be busy for this match. Visiting Supporters are strongly advised to collect their tickets at least 45-minutes before kick-off.
Manchester City's Event Service Support Team will be located outside the visiting supporter section.
They will endeavour to resolve any issues at this point but there may be occasions where supporters will be directed to the South Stand Ticket Office.
To keep up to date with the latest matchday information from the Etihad Stadium, please follow @MCFCHELP
. Supporters can also call the Manchester City Supporter Services Team on 0161 444 1894 (option 1, option 3).
As part of the stadium expansion, the visiting supporter section has been reconfigured. This should have minimum impact on your matchday experience.
To ensure that supporters enter the stadium via the correct entrances, Manchester City have implemented an additional soft ticket check upon arrival.
Supporters can enter the stadium as follows:
- Entrance L1 is for visiting supporters located on Level 1
- Entrance L2 is for visiting supporters located on Level 2
JOURNEY BY ROAD
54 miles from the Britannia Stadium - 1 hour 10 minutes
From the Britannia Stadium take the M6 Northbound via the A500 and exit at Junction 19 onto the A556 (signposted Manchester).
At the Bowden roundabout take the third exit onto the A556 (signposted Manchester) and join the M56 Eastbound.
After eight miles keep in the left-hand lanes (signposted Stockport, Didsbury, Sheffield, Leeds) and bear left onto the M60.
Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester.
Branch off onto the A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden/Manchester and the stadium is on the right hand side after three miles.
There is a limited amount of parking at the stadium - East Car Park is nearest to the visitors entrance. Otherwise there are a number of private car parks in industrial premises as you approach the stadium.
The streets around the Eastlands area are strictly resident parking schemes only.
JOURNEY BY TRAIN
Regular trains run from Stoke-on-Trent station to Manchester Piccadilly on a daily basis.
Once in Manchester, there are options to take the Metrolink or walk to the stadium.
There is a dedicated Metrolink stop on the line between Piccadilly and Ashton-under-Lyne, with the 'Etihad Campus' stop dropping supporters off opposite the City Square by the stadium. The journey time from the city centre is less than ten minutes.
Alternatively, there is a safe, well-lit and signposted route to walk from the station. Stewarded on matchdays, the walk takes about 25 minutes.
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for more information or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
Due to external segregation after the match, visiting supporters will not be able to turn left towards the Etihad Campus Metrolink stop. They will instead be directed around the stadium.
Both Holt Town and Velopark stops - the Metrolink stations on either side of the Etihad Campus - will not be operational for at least an hour after each the match either.
BBC Radio Manchester broadcast at 95.1 FM & 104.6 FM, Key 103 at 103 FM and Capital FM Manchester at 102 FM.
AWAY DAYS APP
Supporters can download the Premier League's dedicated Away Days app via iTunes HERE
or Google Play HERE