The Etihad Stadium – Manchester City

The Etihad Stadium Aerial View across Etihad Campus
The Etihad Stadium. Credit. Arne Museler.

Address: Etihad Stadium, Etihad Campus, Manchester M11 3FF

The Etihad Stadium Stats

The Etihad Stadium
Away Capacity3,000
OwnerManchester City Council
Year Built2002
Average Attendance50,144 (21/22 Season)
Record Attendance54,693 (Manchester City vs. Leicester City, 2016)

Manchester City Stats

Manchester City
Year Founded1880
NicknamesThe Citizens, The Sky Blues, The Blues
Club MascotMoonchester the Moon Bear
Rival ClubsManchester United, Liverpool, Leeds United
Record ScorerSergio Agüero (260 goals)
Record AppearancesAlan Oakes (672 appearances)
OwnerCity Football Group
Shirt SponsorEtihad Airways

The Etihad Stadium Seating Plan

Etihad Stadium Seating Plan Stadium Map

Total capacity of 55,097. The Etihad is a bowl shaped stadium with the following stands:

Stand NameCapacityNotes
Colin Bell Stand13,500Also referred to as The Family Stand as it is the only part of the stadium reserved for families.
East Stand18,143Named after the loudest part of City’s former home Maine Road
South Stand18,143 This is where away fans are located.
Family Stand9,311

Where to buy Manchester City Tickets

You can become a Cityzen, which is the Manchester City membership program which will give you various discounts on events and services at the stadium whilst also getting you priority access to tickets for home games for the men’s and women’s teams.

If a one off ticket if what you are looking for then third party sties such as and will be more up your street.

Getting to The Etihad Stadium

By Car: There is a decent amount of parking around the Etihad campus and can be booked on a match-by-match basis with the cost being £8 for a car with two or more passengers last season. You can also risk pay on the day parking at car parks G & H. A map can be found here.

By Bus: There are bus stops around the stadium with regular services back to Manchester City Centre. Shuttle buses are also running on match days from Ashton New Road, adjacent to the South Stand.

By Tram: There is a dedicated Metrolink (Tram) running from Manchester City Centre and Manchester Piccadilly train station to the Etihad Campus. It takes roughly 10 minutes and run every 12 minutes on matchdays. There is free parking at Ashton West and Ashton Moss for those who want to jump on the Metrolink from those stations. Travel time from these locations is around 25 minutes.

Hotels & Bars Near The Etihad

Hotels at the Etihad:
There is a good range of hotels close to the stadium and back in Manchester City centre. The closest two being the ibis Budget hotel on Pollard Street and the Travelodge at Manchester Sportcity.

Bars Near the Etihad:
There are a few bars close to the Etihad Campus with the nearest being:
Mary D’s Beamish Bar: 13 Grey Mare Ln, Manchester M11 3DQ, Phone: 0161 223 0687
The Townley: 31 Albert St, Beswick, Manchester M11 3QW, Phone: 07740 781332
The Corner Shop: Rylance St, Manchester M11 3NA, Phone: 0161 223 2410

History of The Etihad Stadium

Originally known as Eastlands and built for the 2002 Commonwealth games, the stadium became the new home for Manchester City the following season and cost roughly £112 million. The stadium has an initial capacity of 38,000 for the Commonwealth games however it was converted over a number of seasons with initial work focused on removing track and lowering the ground level to allow for an extra tier of seating that was in the original plan. The temporary elements of the Commonwealth games stands were removed and replaced with permanent structures which upped the capacity to 48,000.

The conversion cost at this point was £40 million with £20 million of that going towards the addition of restaurants, bars and entertainment areas throughout the stadium.

Etihad Campus Manchester
Etihad Campus Manchester

Following the 2008 takeover of Manchester City by what is now known as City Football Group more ambitious plans for the stadium and area where penned. City struck an agreement with Manchester City Council for a £1 billion redevelopment of the stadium and area. Manchester City also purchased the naming rights to the stadium from the city council for £3 million per year. The South Stand had a third tier added which too total capacity to 55,000.

Future Plans

Etihad Stadium Future Development Concept
Etihad Stadium Future Development Concept

A new phase of expansion expected to begin in 2023/24 which should add a third tier of seats to the North Stand in addition to premium seating and hospitality areas. There will also be a fan zone, new club shop, museum and a 400 bed hotel as part of the stadium and wider Etihad Campus. The renovations should bring the overall capacity to just over 60,000.