Heading to a match in such a large space can be overwhelming so follow our tips to enjoy at the fullest your visit.
The stadium is just a couple of kilometres from Manchester city centre. Getting to the stadium is very easy with direct access by tram. The frequency of trams is doubled on match days to ensure everyone can access and leave the stadium on time. Make sure you know which part of the stadium your ticket gives you access to, as the Velopark Tram stop will take you to the south east entrance while the Etihad Campus Tram stop will bring you to the main entrance.
You will be requested to show a valid ID to enter the stadium and your bag will be opened/scanned to ensure it complies with the list of authorized items. Etihad Stadium access will not be granted if you are carrying food or drinks bought outside the grounds. Any dangerous, sharp objects will be confiscated as well as flags exceeding 1.6 metres.
More than just a sports venue, the Etihad Stadium can be rented for private events such as weddings and parties. The stadium is licensed for marital ceremonies and features conference facilities.
Situated close to the centre of Manchester, the stadium, along with other sporting arenas, is part of the SportCity complex.
You can visit the other sporting venues in the complex such as the Manchester regional Arena, the Manchester Velodrome or the National Squash Centre. All of which were used for the 2002 Commonwealth games and are still used by national teams to train and play official matches.
Manchester has a rich past. The 18th century industrial city offers plenty of historical sites for you to explore and learn more about British history. The old town of Castlefield on the river bank features several canals which were used to transport goods. Numerous merchants’ warehouses and bridges give charm to the district and will make you feel like you went back in time.
Visit Three Rivers Gin, a premium hand-crafted gin distillery. Learn the art of producing gin with various flavours and subtle aromas. Make your own at the end of the tour and take a small bottle back home.