Manchester was once at the heart of England's Industrial Revolution, its steam engines helping to drive the city and the wider country into a new era of industry and commerce. The shape of things to come was however very different and today Manchester is a bright and beautiful, and thoroughly modern, metropolis, full of art galleries, museums and smart restaurants. Sport is a very big deal here, especially football, and no visit to the city is complete without seeing the Etihad Stadium, home ground of the mighty Manchester City FC, and lapping up some of its magical atmosphere. If you're booked in to a hotel in Manchester, or one of the city's numerous excellent guesthouses or B&Bs, you'll have quick and easy access to this legendary venue.
Manchester Hotels for the Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium was constructed in 2002 for the Commonwealth Games, and is also called Eastlands. Manchester City FC moved here from Maine Road once the games were over, in time for the 2003-4 season. A lot of redevelopment work was later carried out, such as the massive expansion of the South Stand in 2014 to allow for a 6,000 seat capacity, with an extra tier added. When you visit Etihad Stadium from your Manchester hotel or guesthouse base today, you'll find a world-class sporting venue that fits the needs of this successful club perfectly. There are plans to continue expanding it as demand continues to grow.
A Day at the Etihad Stadium from Manchester Hotels
One of the delights of visiting Manchester is to experience the buzzing sporting atmosphere, and when big matches are on the whole city seems to be involved, with the team colours bringing a burst of colour to every pub, shop and home. Football is a real passion here and dominates many people's lives. Many follow their team around the world at great personal expense, and on match days in Manchester the Etihad Stadium is the only place to be in the city. Book yourself in to a hotel in Manchester and even if there's no match on you can still visit the stadium and pick up a souvenir in the shop.