The Etihad Stadium
The home of the 2011 FA cup winners and of course my beloved Manchester City FC.Now I visit this ground all the time and therefore know it like the back of my hand. Now getting to the ground is fairly easy for both home and away fans, especially with the development of the new tram system that has a stop right outside the stadium. It’s about a 20 minute walk from Picadilly station and it’s a really accessible ground. Inside the ground is actually quite drab, as seen as we didn’t own the ground untill very recently, so all you can see is a mass sea of blue seats and not much else. The atmosphere in the ground can change from game to game. Some games, like the manchester derby or a champions league game, the atmosphere is amazing, however, due to the running track the was previously there, the sound doesn’t stay in the ground, and therefore the atmosphere can sometimes be quite dull.
Now, things to do around the ground im not really sure about, being a home supporter i only really go there to go to the game and home, however there is a recently developed “Blue square” right next to the soon to be completed tram stop. There are cafes, bars and big screens and it’s apparently a great chance to meet before the game and afterwards, im not sure about their policy on away fans, but they should be alright there.