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Monday, May 21, 2012

Etihad Stadium & Sport City Manchester

The 48,000 capacity Etihad Stadium (formerly the City of Manchester Stadium), home ground of the 2011-2012 Premier League champions, Manchester City, is part of the Sportcity complex built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. There are plans to increase the capacity to around 61,000 to make the stadium the second largest Premier League ground after Old Trafford, home of rivals Manchester United.

Etihad Stadium & Sport City

Sportcity also includes the 6,500 seat Manchester Regional Arena, the National Squash Centre, the Manchester Velodrome, home for British Cycling, the Tennis Centre, a gymnasium and the English Institute of Sport, which altogether make up the largest sports complex in western Europe.

Etihad Stadium

Manchester City moved from their previous ground Maine Road in the Moss Side area of Manchester to the City of Manchester Stadium in 2003 and the arena was redesigned to accommodate the football club by removing the running track and installing entertainment facilities. The Etihad venue has stadium tours on offer and a football museum dedicated to the history of the club. Etihad Stadium hosted the 2008 UEFA Cup Final between Rangers and Zenit as well as international soccer and rugby games, boxing events and music concerts.

Sport City Complex Manchester

Nearby is Philips Park with 31 acres of woodland and grassland located within an urban environment and home to Manchester's largest free firework display held annually in November.

Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Sportcity Manchester

Take bus #216 from Piccadilly Gardens. The Etihad Campus Metrolink Station of the Manchester metrolink is due to open in summer 2012.
Google map of Etihad Stadium

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