Manchester City Football Club has a huge following of fans from all over the world that would love to be a part of the action put on by the club. They now can with the Manchester City Stadium Tour, which tours the home ground of the recent Premier League Champion Manchester City F.C. Etihad Stadium.
Fans of Manchester City can spend an hour visiting several different areas of the stadium, located in Lancashire. Throughout the tour, visitors can get up close and personal with the pitch level, as well as the dressing rooms, director’s box, and dug outs. The stadium has state-of-the-art features that are recognised worldwide as some of the best in stadium architecture and design. Costing a total of 154 million pounds, the stadium holds over 47,000 football fans per game, and has recently gone through a series of hospitality and playing surface upgrades.
The amazing stature of the stadium and the ongoing upgrades ensure that the facility stays at the top of the list of athletic facilities for years to come. In addition to being the home of Manchester City F.C., the stadium has hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2008 UEFA Cup Finals, rugby league games, high-profile concerts, and boxing title matches.
The Etihad Stadium has the ability to expand and contract for the specific sporting events it hosts. For example, a portion of the stadium’s pitch may be closed off for renovations while a concert or other sporting event is occupying the rest of the surface area.
Transportation to the stadium will now be easier than ever, with the opening of the Etihad Campus Metrolink Station, which fans and tourists can use as of the 2012-2013 playing season. This is in addition to the railway stations at Ashburys and Manchester Piccadilly, which also help people get in and out of the stadium for tours and events.
The family tour of Manchester City Stadium is for two adults and up to two children under 16 years old. The tour costs only £25.00, and can be taken any day of the week, although times do vary on Sundays and bank holidays. There are three different times each day when the tour takes off, with the first tour starting late morning and the final tour starting late afternoon. It is encouraged that guests research ahead and also allow approximately 15 minutes for checking in at the stadium.