Manchester City FC
MANCHESTER CITY moved to their new home in the Eastlands area of Manchester in August 2003 following 80 years in residence at Maine Road.
The impressive new 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 £20,000,000 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 capacity of 48,000 seats in a bowl-like design with three-tiered stands along the sides, two tiers at each end. From the outside the stadium has a continental look with circular access stairways built alongside the East and West Stands.
Planning permission was recently granted to expand the North and South Stands with additional tiers behind each goal, plus further pitchside seating, which would take the capacity to around 62,000.
Away fans are seated in one side of the South Stand in both the Upper and Lower Tiers - 3,000 seats available for most fixtures.
The highest attendance recorded at the Etihad is 47,435 for the game which saw them crowned Premier League Champions, the dramatic 3-2 win over Mark Hughes' Queens Park Rangers in May 2012.
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.
Why not complete your match day experience and take a peek 'behind the scenes' with a professionally guided tour around the Etihad Stadium just hours before Saturday's game kicks-off?
Take in the full view of the stadium from the Directors seating area before making your way down to pitch side to feel the pre-match buzz. From there immerse yourself into MCFC's history, heritage & future plans in our self-guided interactive exhibition area.
To book please contact the Stadium & Club Tour Office on +44 (0) 161 444 1894 (Option 4 Option 2) quoting Match Day Experience. This exclusive 1 hour tour is priced £10 per person; please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tours departure time in the Colin Bell Stand.
From the Britannia take the M6 Northbound to exit at Junction 19 onto A556 (S/P Manchester).
At Bowden roundabout take the third exit onto A556 (S/P Manchester) and join M56 Eastbound.
After eight miles keep in left-hand lanes (S/P Stockport, Didsbury, Sheffield, Leeds) and bear left onto M60.
Leave M60 at J23, take A635 towards Manchester.
Branch off onto A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden/Manchester and the stadium is on your right 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.
It takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes to complete the 54 mile journey from the Britannia Stadium.
GOING 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 match-days, the walk takes about 25 minutes.
BBC Radio Manchester - 95.1 FM & 104.6 FM
Key 103 - 103 FM
Capital FM Manchester - 102 FM
BLAST FROM THE PAST:
The Potters visited Maine Road for a Division One fixture in September 1980 and recorded a 2-1 victory before a crowd of 29,507.
Dutchman Loek Ursem and Lee Chapman netted the Stoke goals, Denis Tueart replied for the hosts.
Alan Durban's team that day was:- Fox, Evans, Hampton, Dodd, O'Callaghan, Doyle, Heath, Ursem, Chapman, Thorley, Bracewell.
Stoke then went on to complete a superb double over Manchester City and ended the campaign one place above them in the leave table in 11th place.