Manchester City v Stoke City
Saturday 30th August 2014
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 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 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.
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' former side 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.
Planning permission was granted last year 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.
CONSTRUCTION WORK CHANGES:
Work on the South Stand has already begun and, as a result, there are a number of changes for visiting Stoke City supporters this time around.
To ensure that all supporters enter the stadium via the correct entrances, Manchester City have implemented an additional soft ticket check upon arrival.
Entrance K2 is for visiting supporters located on Level 1.
As a result of these works and the reduced space outside the entrances, it may appear that there are more stewards and police than usual but this is not the case. Manchester City have put both additional signage and support staff in place to make sure everyone can access the information they need for easy access and exit.
South Stand Roof
As part of the on-going construction work to build the third level of the South Stand, sections of the roof have been completely removed, from the corners. Due to the recent poor weather and high winds, it has not been possible to complete the work to temporarily cover these areas in advance of the match. Therefore, should it rain on the day supporters directly underneath these sections will be exposed to the elements. Ponchos will be available in these areas of the stadium.
Flags on Level 2
An LED display has been installed on the second tier of the Etihad Stadium to enhance the matchday experience for fans inside the stadium, although this means that it's no longer possible to hang flags over Level 2.
The Etihad Stadium Ticket Office is expected to be busy for the match and Manchester City ask that supporters take this into consideration and ensure that they are able to take their seat in time for kick-off. Supporters are strongly advised to collect their tickets at least 60 minutes before kick-off.
Any visiting Stoke City supporters who are collecting pre-purchased tickets may do so from the Stadium Ticket Office located in City Square (behind the stage). The Manchester City Stadium Ticket Office will be open from 9am on the day of the game.
Visiting supporters with queries relating to their match ticket will be assisted on the day by the Manchester City Event Service Support Team, who will be located outside the visitors end. They will endeavour to resolve issues at this point but there may be occasions where supporters will be directed to the Stadium 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 444 194 (option 1, option 3).
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.
To book please contact the Stadium and Club Tour Office on 0161 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 matchdays, the walk takes about 25 minutes.
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Key 103 - 103 FM
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