Manchester City Football Club
Manchester City Football Club is a Premier League club based at the Etihad Stadium. Despite some downturns in its fortunes over the years, the club has bounced back to become one of the best in England.
Notable players have included Denis Law, Colin Bell, Niall Quinn, Mike Summerbee and Sir Matt Busby.
The club was founded in 1880 and has played at the Etihad since 2003, having previously played at Maine Road for 80 years.
It enjoyed a golden age in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when it won what was then the First Division, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
The 2010s have also been a period of success for the club: so far they have won the FA Cup in 2011, the Premier League in 2012 and 2014, and the League Cup in 2014. The 2012 win was particularly exciting for supporters: after being 0-1 down at the end of normal time, the club scored twice in injury time and snatched the league title.
Tours of the Etihad Stadium
City fans can visit all the places they’ve dreamed of seeing on a tour of the Etihad Stadium, which was actually built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. You’ll visit the players’ lounge, the home dressing room, the directors’ seating area, a hospitality suite, the press room and the warm-up room. You’ll run through the tunnel just as if you’re coming out to play in front of tens of thousands of fans, and sit in the manager’s seat in the dugout. The tour also includes an exhibition on the club’s history and its future, interactive displays, and memorabilia – there are trophies on show some days too. Even more special is a Legends tour, where your guide will be a club legend – and after the tour, you’ll sit down for a three-course lunch together.
You can book tours on match days, but they do not include the press room and the changing room. However, we’ve got a solution: book one of our hotels near Manchester City Football Club and go to the match and the tour on two different days.
The stadium is within walking distance of Manchester Piccadilly train station, and the route is signposted – follow the City Link signs. Alternatively, trams take about ten minutes and stop right outside the stadium, and there are also buses from the city centre on match days. For car drivers, there is parking at the stadium and in car parks nearby.
Hotels near the Etihad Stadium
Near the stadium you’ll find the Manchester Velodrome, Britain’s first indoor Olympic cycling track, the Grade II listed Philips Park, and the Clayton Vale nature reserve. The city centre proper has an array of shops, restaurants, bars, museums, theatres and galleries which will keep you occupied for as long as you want to stay. Certainly no football fan should visit Manchester without taking a trip to the National Football Museum, which has a collection of some 140,000 exhibits related to the beautiful game. The 1966 Jules Rimet trophy, George Cohen's shirt from the 1966 World Cup Final, and Bobby Moore's shirt from England’s 1970 World Cup match against Brazil are all here. There’s memorabilia, trophies, photographs, film and just about everything else football-related that you can imagine.
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