Etihad Stadium (capacity 55,097)
The Etihad Stadium is one of the largest in the Premier League, and has been home to Manchester City since 2003, when the club moved from Maine Road. Originally built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the stadium has subsequently hosted the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, a boxing world title fight, and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Its iconic roof design has received a lot of praise and the stadium itself has won many accolades, including an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects. A third tier was added to the South Stand in 2015 and there are plans to do the same with the North Stand, which is expected to start in 2017. This would take the capacity to around 61,000.
Away fans visiting the Etihad Stadium are located in three tiers on one side of the South Stand, with a typical allocation of around 3,000.
Parking is available at the Eithad Stadium itself, and costs £10 per car, £20 for a minibus, and is free for motorbikes. Away fans will be best to park in the East Car Park, which is nearest the entrance. Residents only parking has been implemented lately within about a one mile radius of the stadium so if this is your preferred option it’ll involve parking further away and walking. There is also a number of matchday car parks available on Pottery Lane.
We’ve compiled a list of car parks, below, near to the Etihad Stadium for hassle free parking while you’re at the match.
|Car Park||Sat Nav||Cost||Distance to Ground||Description|
|Etihad Blue Car Park||M11 3FF||£10 car, £20 minibus||0.1km||This is the most convenient option for away fans who are driving to the stadium. The ‘Blue Car Park’ accessible via Alan Turing Way opens at 11am (2.30pm for a night game) and there is no need to pre-book.|
|Ashton West Park & Ride||OL7 0PG||£2.70 adults, £1.20 children||6.9km||The journey time from Ashton West Park and Ride to the stadium is less than 25 minutes, and is a cost effective way of parking if you’re visiting the Etihad.|
|Ashton Moss Park & Ride||OL6 7UB||£2.70 adults, £1.20 children||5.8km||The journey time from Ashton Moss Park and Ride to the stadium is less than 25 minutes, and is a cost effective way of parking if you’re visiting the Etihad.|
|Pottery Lane Car Parks||M12 5DE||£5||2.0km||There are a number of matchday car parks along Pottery Lane, charging between £4 and £6, which are about a 15 minute walk from the stadium.|
|St Brigid’s Primary School||M11 3DR||£6||1.0km||Just a short walk from the stadium, but can be quite congested after the match.|
|MCFC K2 Car Park||M11 3AA||£7||1.5km||The K2 Car Park is located on Ashton Old Road (A635) at the junction with Pottery Lane (A6010). It costs £7 to park their for the duration of the game, and is staffed throughout. It’s just a 10 minute walk to the stadium.|
The closest railway station to the Etihad Stadium is Ashburys, which is served by Manchester Piccadilly. It’s only a 15 minute walk to the stadium from Ashburys. Simply turn left, and continue up Alan Turing Way, where you’ll see the stadium on your left hand side.
Alternatively, if you don’t want the hassle of changing trains, you can walk directly from Manchester Piccadilly, which will take around 25 minutes. When you exit the station, turn right into Ducie Street. Then at the end of Ducie Street, take a right on to Great Ancoats Street. Cross over the road, then over the canal, and turn left into Pollard Street. Continue along Pollard Street on to Ashton New Road, and you’ll see the stadium on your left.
The other option is to take a tram, which can be caught from both Victoria and Piccadilly railway stations. Take a tram on the East Manchester line towards Droylsden, and you can get off at either Etihad Campus, or Velopark, which is slightly closer to the away end. However, Velopark is closed after the game so probably best to use Etihad Campus. A return ticket from Manchester Piccadilly costs £3 for adults, and £1.40 for children and only takes around 8 minutes.
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There are a number of away friendly pubs near the Etihad Stadium, all of which cater to different needs. Please note, however, that some bars require club colours to be covered and some do not allow children.
However, rather than take our word for it, we want to give you the view from other away fans who have visited the Etihad Stadium.
Over the coming months we will be building up fans reviews of the best places to drink on an away trip to Manchester City, and you’ll be able to find them here.
In the meantime, we’ve included a map below with all the best away pubs highlighted for you.
See what other away fans think of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in our ‘Away Day Reviews’.
If you’ve already been, then you can share your experience with us by writing your own review.
See how Manchester City perform in our away day rankings, where away fans rate the pie, pint, cuppa and away day overall.
Check out our photo gallery where you can view other away fans’ photos. You can also share your own experience by uploading your own!