In 1880, the Connell family brought together their local community by creating St Mark’s Cricket Club, later a Football Club, from which Manchester City Football Club subsequently evolved.
City originally played at Hyde Road before moving to Maine Road in 1923 and it was this stadium that became the home of the Club for a further 80 years.The stadium was developed as part of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games provision with funding from Manchester City Council, Sport England (Lottery Fund), European Regional Development Fund and from Government programme sources. This group helped to secure the legacy of the Games when the then titled City of Manchester Stadium became its new ground in the 2003-4 season. From that moment, City became a key partner in the sports-led regeneration of East Manchester.
In 2008, under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, a period of unparalleled research, development and investment in the stadium, its local surroundings and its community began. Such developments include the building of the City Square Fan Zone, the City@Home Offices and a world leading first team and youth training facility called the City Football Academy, which is currently under construction. In the Summer of 2011, the Stadium and the wider site surrounding the ground became known as the Etihad Campus.
The Etihad Stadium currently has a matchday capacity of approx. 47,500 including 2,500 hospitality seats with a variety of different offerings. The stadium had an average 99.1% occupancy rate for Premier League games during the 2012/13 season with the vast majority of tickets for games selling out within days of sale.
Since we occupied the stadium, we have staged 251 football matches and been visited by an estimated 10 million home and visiting supporters. The Etihad Stadium has won multiple awards for its accessibility and a focus for maintaining and improving this will remain key to any future planning.
We have welcomed approximately 1.5 million fans to a variety of music concerts by global rock and pop stars as well as hosting major rugby league and boxing events. In 2015 the Etihad Stadium will host a Rugby World Cup match for the first time.