Manchester City Stadium Tours

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.



Stamford Bridge Stadium Tour

Chelsea is one of the premier football clubs in the Premier League, and have qualified for the final of the 2012 UEFA Champions League. A win would be Chelsea’s first in the event after making round 16 for the past nine years. The club nearly won the competition in 2008, beaten by rivals Manchester United in the final.

Guided tours of Chelsea’s home stadium, Stamford Bridge, last about an hour and are offered every day except for days that the club plays a home game. The only one left this season is May 13, the final contest of the 2011-12 Premier League season versus Blackburn Rovers.

Those taking the tour will enjoy visiting the pitch, both of the dressing rooms and the media facilities. When visiting these areas, it is easy to imagine them full of life with players and members of the press. The price of the tour also includes a visit to the club’s museum.

Tours are available 11 times a day with start times ranging from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no entry allowed past 4 p.m. On May 13, the museum will close at 2 p.m., one hour prior to kick-off for that day’s game.

This historic stadium has been used by Chelsea since its founding in 1905. The ground had been home to London Athletics Club since 1877. The 41,837-seat facility previously had a capacity of about 100,000. A record 82,905 fans witnessed Arsenal pay a visit in 1935.

In addition to Chelsea’s home games, this incredible facility has played host to FA Cup semi-finals and finals and international games featuring the English national team. Other sports that have been played here include rugby union, baseball, greyhound racing, cricket and American football.