My Luxury Week in Manchester had to include what makes this city world-famous and that is football. You have the national football museum in town and you have two big clubs in Manchester United and Manchester City. I am not going into which club is better but today I am visiting the Etihad stadium, the home ground of Manchester City.
From the onset driving up to Manchester City Football Club, you can instantly see that money can buy you one of the best new stadiums in the world. This stadium was originally built to host the 2002 Commonwealth games and was converted after the games from a 38,000 to a 48,000 seat football stadium. Once this stadium was complete in 2003 Manchester City left its ageing Maine Road ground. In 2008 the football club got bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group and it became one of the wealthiest clubs in the world. The money and success on the field meant that the stadium is expanding, the capacity is now 55,000 and will be 61,000 when work starts in 2017.
Manchester City Football Club was founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s, they became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894. I was getting a private tour thanks to Leigh. There was a charity game being played at the time of my visit so therefore, I was a bit limited in what I could see. However, don’t panic I will be back and hopefully get to watch a game or meet some of the players.
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The Manchester City Stadium tour includes.
- A 20-minute self-guided tour around the exhibition.
- A look at the Club’s heritage, where they are now and their future ambitions and plans.
- A Club lanyard
- A 70 minute professionally guided tour of the Club and Stadium.
- Behind the scenes look at the press conference room.
- Home player dressing room, the tunnel, pitchside, and Pep Guardiola’s chair in the dugout.
- 10% discount in the City Store on the date of your tour (excluding sale items)
After the stadium tour, I managed to catch up with Jamil Fatani the hairdresser that does Sergio Agüero’s hair and many others.
- Price of stadium tour: £17 Adults, £12 Seniors, £11 Under 16s
- Website: hospitality.mancity.com/tours/tours-landing-page/