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MANCHESTER CITY - PREMIER LEAGUE

SUNDAY 8TH MAY 2016, KICK-OFF 4.00PM BST

ETIHAD STADIUM

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ADDRESS: Etihad, SportCity, Manchester, M11 3FF

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=M11+3FF

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WEATHER

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ARSENAL TRAVEL CLUB

The official Arsenal Travel Club organise travel to all competitive games for the Men's First Team. Go to www.arsenal.com/the-match/fixtures-reports, select "Match Menu" next to the game then click the Travel tab.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Call 08457 484950 or click here for National Rail Enquiries - www.nationalrail.co.uk - journey planner and news of service disruptions.

Call 020 7222 1234 or click here Transport for London - www.tfl.gov.uk for London travel service updates.

Call 08717 818178 or click here for National Express Coaches - www.nationalexpress.com for coach services.

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Travel advice from Football Supporters' Federation - www.fsf.org.uk.

By Train

Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria are the closest main line stations to SportCity. Both are approximately a 20 to 30 minute walk from the Etihad.

Ashburys is a smaller station situated to the south on Alan Turing Way and is a 15 minute walk to the stadium Manchester is well served by rail. Timetables, journey times and prices can found by visiting The Trainline.

By Bus

If you are travelling to Manchester by coach, the National Express coach station is located in Chorlton Street, which is to the back of Piccadilly Gardens. A short walk across the gardens will bring you to the bus stops where you can get one of the many buses to the stadium (Outside Nobles Arcade)

There are many and frequent services to Sportcity from all directions. Direct services to the stadium are: 53, 54, 185, 186, 216, 217, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, X36, and X37.

The journey from Manchester city centre takes around 5 - 10 minutes depending on the flow of traffic. The buses obviously get fuller the closer it gets to kick off, but don’t worry if you're are not allowed on one because it is full, there are so many buses that go past the stadium you won’t have to squeeze yourself onto one like sardines.

For more information on the bus services you can visit www.gmpte.com or call 0161-228-7811 or 0870-608-2608

After the match, it is advisable to walk back into Manchester as the buses get rather overcrowded and it is highly likely you could wait a long time before you get on one. Taxis will come into the area before the game but rarely pick-up after a game due to the traffic congestion around the stadium. There is a safe, sign posted and well lit route from SportsCity to the city centre and Piccadilly Station. It takes in Holt Town, Ashton New Road, Pollard Street and Store Street. Stewards will be on hand along the route which takes around 20-30 minutes depending on your speed (and the result!). The walk is a virtual straight run into Piccadilly Station. If you want Victoria Station you turn right when you reach Ancoats Industrial Estate (Great Ancoats Street) and continue down into Swan Street. Victoria Station is on your left at the bottom of Swan Street.
 

By Car

From the North:
Follow the M60 round to Junction 23. Exit right onto A662 (Ashton New Road). The stadium is on the right after the junction with the A6010 (Alan Turing Way)

From the East:
Follow the M67 and join the M60 at junction 24. Follow the M60 north to Junction 23. Exit left on to A662 (Ashton New Road). The stadium is on the right after the junction with the A6010 (Alan Turing Way)

From the South:
Follow the signs for the city centre on the M56, which becomes the A5103 (Princess Road. Continue to the city centre, turning right onto the elevated A57(M). Follow this to the end, through two sets of lights and turn right into Every Stree. At the end of Every Street turn right onto A662 (Ashton New Road). The stadium can be found on the left.

From the West:
Join the M60 at junction 12 (M62) or junction 15 (M61). Follow the M60 round the north of Manchester to junction 23. Exit right onto the A662 (Ashton New Road). The stadium is on the right after the junction with the A6010 (Alan Turing Way).

Parking:
The area is in both a residential and industrial area, with a large housing estate facing the front of the stadium and factories around the immediate stadium site. The housing estate has fencing around it and parking restrictions apply. To the back of stadium there is a large capacity car park, entrance on Alan Turing Way (2,000 spaces). You will not be allowed to park on the Asda or McDonalds car parks and both have marshals checking them on match-days. There is plenty of street parking less than a quarter of a mile away on the side streets off Ashton New Road.

Other Ways To Get There

By Taxi

You have the option of getting a taxi from Manchester city centre, but the nearer you leave this to kick-off time, the less chance you have of getting to the stadium on time due to traffic congestion around the stadium vicinity. There is a taxi rank immediately outside Piccadilly Station or you can get a cab from outside the Midland Hotel in Piccadilly Gardens. These are both Hackney Cab ranks so the fare will be more expensive than if you use a private hire company. Prices depend on the traffic at the time. The journey should take no more than 10 minutes if the traffic flow is good, but give yourself at least 20-30 mins the later to kick-off you leave it. Alternatively you can book a private hire cab: Hastings Private Hire 0161 223 1066.

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Eating & Drinking

There aren’t too many places to drink around the ground, most fans preferring to drink in the centre of Manchester before making the short walk to the stadium. Of the pubs within the vicinity the few that are available are predominantly used by home supporters.

The Stanley (Sports Bar) which is about 10 minutes walk away from the stadium does allow a small number of away fans in. It is just set back from the main A6010 (Pottery Lane), going towards Ashburys train station. Children are also allowed.

Another pub that caters for away fans is the Bradford Inn (also known as the Big Bradford) on Bradford Road.

There are a whole host of places to eat and drink in Manchester city centre. The Printworks near to Manchester Victoria train station has a wide variety of bars and eateries. The Printworks is approx a 20 min walk from the stadium or a 5 minute cab ride.

There are several Wetherspoon establishments in the city centre including The Moon under the Water on Deansgate, one in Piccadilly Gardens and one on Oxford Road.

Mary Dee’s and The Manchester are on Grey Mare Lane across the road from the away entrance of the stadium. Mary Dee’s does restrict entrance to home supporters only on derby days, and can be awkward about letting large groups of away supporters in, but if there are only a couple of you wanting a drink you should be fine. It doesn’t go overboard on furnishings but you very rarely have to wait for a pint and the DJ plays a great selection of music to get you in the mood (Stone Roses, Oasis, The Smiths, etc).

To the side of the stadium on Alan Turing Way there is a McDonalds or a cafeteria within the Asda store. There is also a small chip shop facing the main entrance open before and after the match.

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