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Manchester City Stadium Tours

Fan of Manchester City? Book an unforgettable stadium tour for yourself, or pick up a ticket for the family and make a day of it! Enjoy poking around behind the scenes during your tour which lasts an hour and takes in all the well-known areas at the City of Manchester stadium: park your bum on a heated seat or enjoy a moment in the Memorial Garden.

Your guide will take you through the fascinating history of the ground, from its beginnings as an athletics stadium through to Man City’s adoption of the venue when they moved from Maine Road.


Q: A tour of the City of Manchester Stadium? How can I refuse?
A: That’s the spirit!
Q: Actually I’ve thought of a number of ways I could refuse – convince me.
A: Great. Well this is a very special behind the scenes tour of an amazing sporting venue, built for the Commonwealth Games and then converted to the palace of football that it now is.
Q: Special? What makes it special?
A: You’ll see elements usually banished from the eyes of ones such as you. There’s the Box Level (with heated seats), the Dressing Rooms, the Walk of Pride, the Players’ Tunnel and the Memorial Garden. You’ll have a poke around the lot. You can even stand pitchside and pretend to shout things at your imaginary feckless midfield.
Q: And what if I decide to exhibit my peculiar brand of inquisitiveness?
A: Then an expert guide will be on hand to tackle you. They’ll have considerable knowledge of one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in the country.
Q: How long do I get?
A: The tours tend to last around an hour or so, though you are usually free to spend additional time in the club museum or the shop.
Q: Can I bring a kiddywink or winks?
A: For the regular tour, the age limit is 16, but there might be a child’s tour available with a minimum age of four, though the child will almost certainly have to be accompanied with a paying adult.
Q: So I’ll plan to be there on Saturday at 3pm, right?
A: There may be some restrictions around visiting on match days, or if there are other events taking place. Check with the supplier when booking about all available days.

Fun Facts

  • 1. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark's (West Gorton), the team became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and finally Manchester City in 1894. No-one knows why, though it may have had something to do with the city where they were located.
  • 2. The 1956 FA Cup final, in which Manchester City beat Birmingham City 3–1, City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann continuing to play on after unknowingly breaking his neck. He was considerably tougher than my short-lived superhero Troutman, who defended Britain’s canals and historic waterways.
  • 3. Reports from 1884 describe the original Manchester City team as wearing black jerseys bearing a white cross, showing the club's origins as a church side. It also handily gives you something to aim at when kicking the ball to a fellow player.
  • 4. Manchester City’s mascots are two anthropomorphic aliens, called Moonchester and Moonbeam. Because nothing says football like an anthropomorphic alien.
  • 5. In the late 1980s, it is thought that City fans started the craze for bringing inflatable objects to matches, primarily oversized bananas. Now there is a better class of fans at football matches – they only bring organic, sustainably sourced oversized inflatable bananas.
  • 6. When the original Maine Road stadium opened in 1923, it was the largest club ground in England with a capacity believed to be between 80,000 and 100,000. All of them with those old-fashioned rattle things. Must have been a nightmare.
  • 7. Maine Road was originally known as Dog Kennel Lane but renamed Maine Road during the 1870s at the insistence of the Temperance Movement in honour of America’s Maine Act. What’s intemperate about dog kennels? I suppose you could drink cider out of them, but it would be quite tricky.
  • 8. The City of Manchester Stadium (also known as the Etihad Stadium for sponsorship reasons) was originally constructed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Which is nothing like The Hunger Games, so I have no interest in it.
  • 9. An Oasis concert at the ground in 2005 set an attendance record of 60,000. Was the starting time of the concert delayed as all the fans insisted on doing that weird Gallagher brothers’ shuffle into the ground?
  • 10. The oldest player to appear in the Premiership was Manchester City goalkeeper John Burridge, who was 43 years, 4 months and 26 days when he came on as a half time substitute against Newcastle United in 1995. Some goalies are nicknamed ‘The Cat’ he was the ‘Sabre Tooth Tiger’.