The last few seasons, the dominance of Manchester United in the Premier League scene began to falter. One reason is none other than their city rivals, Manchester City. Skyrocketing achievements of Manchester City could not be separated from improvements in various facilities of the stadium that became their headquarters, Etihad Stadium.
Before becoming Etihad Stadium, the stadium is called the City of Manchester Stadium (1999) and was used as a sports field athletics (2002). Then on August 10, 2003, the stadium belongs to the Manchester city government, turned into a football stadium.
Manchester City began using the City of Manchester Stadium in the season 2003-2004. With a seating capacity reached 47,805 seats, making it has been named as the fifth largest stadium in the Premier League. The first match at the City of Manchester Stadium is a friendly match between Manchester City against Barcelona, which on August 10, 2003. The City won 2-1 at the time, by listing the name of Nicolas Anelka as the first player to score a goal here. In the 2011-2012 season, Manchester City a record 11 consecutive wins in 12 Premier League games earlier.
On July 2011, the City of Manchester Stadium renamed the Etihad Stadium. This is done after the club signed a contract with a company from Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways. To get into the Etihad Stadium, the visitors using contactless smart cards. With this system, the stadium can be visited by 1,200 people per minute from all entrances. Under the stadium there is also a special access to the opposing team. From the hall there is also an evacuation route.
Each Etihad Stadium entrance gives access to the visitor to get to six restaurants inside, two of which have a direct view of the field. Here too there are 70 executive boxes for VIP spectators, the stands located in the north, west and east.
With advanced facilities and large capacity, it is not a rare Etihad Stadium is used for various events, one of them a music concert. Some successful musicians performed live here are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Take That, U2, Rod Stewart, Foo Fighters, Manic Street Preachers, Muse, Bon Jovi, Coldplay and Oasis. The latter band name often visited the Etihad Stadium since two of its personnel, Liam and Noel Gallagher is “the Cityzen” or fan of Manchester City.
You were given the opportunity to tour around the Etihad Stadium, to experience the grandeur and see moments as well as the history of Manchester City. Which has now been transformed into one of the big clubs in the Premier League. Some of the areas that can be visited, among others, a press conference room, dressing room, hallway entrance to the playing field and feel the atmosphere of the Etihad Stadium pitch.
To try out the experience, you have to pay 14 pounds (£) for adults, £ 10 for children under 16 and seniors over 65 years. The Stadium and Club Tour is open every day from 9:00 to 17:00. On Sunday opened in 10.00.
Etihad Stadium is located in the east of Manchester city center. The nearest station is Ashburys, is about a 20 minute drive. You can take a Manchester Piccadilly train that operates from London, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Another alternative is to use the bus. When there is a fixture at the Etihad, there are special bus service to the stadium.
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