In the past, supporting Manchester City has been something of a rollercoaster ride, with as many lows as there were highs. However, City are on something of an upward rise at the moment with good financial backing, high-quality signings and a top 5 finish in the Premiership in 2010 – what better time to pay a visit to the City of Manchester Stadium (also known as Eastlands)? The City of Manchester Stadium was originally built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has been Manchester City’s home following their move from the popular Maine Road in 2003.
When looking for the stadium, be sure to keep an eye out for the words ‘SportCity’ on signs. The City of Manchester Stadium is part of a larger development known as SportCity containing several other sporting venues originally built for the Commonwealth Games.
Getting to the City of Manchester stadium:
BY ROAD - If arriving from the North, follow the M60 as far as J23.
BY RAIL – Manchester Piccadilly (the nearest main line station) is a brief taxi journey or a 20-30 minute walk from the City of Manchester Stadium. If you prefer to continue your rail journey, there is a closer local railway station - Ashburys - which is a 5 minute train journey from Manchester Piccadilly. On leaving Ashburys station, turn left and the stadium is a 15 minute walk away, situated on your left.
BY AIR – Manchester Airport is less than 13 miles away, with regular rail connections to Manchester Piccadilly station.
As the City of Manchester Stadium was originally built for a global sporting event and is relatively new, you will find that the facilities and transport links are much better than other British stadia. The newness of the ground means that little history has been written here, but there is a great sense of expectation throughout Manchester that things are changing for Manchester City FC – now is the time to visit!
City of Manchester Stadium
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