Manchester City are referred to the ‘noisy neighbours’ of Manchester United. Since their club was bought by a Middle Eastern business group in 2008, they have gone on to challenge in the league and Champions League. Since their formation in 1880, City have won the league four times, most memorably their injury time comeback against QPR to snatch the Premier League title from their arch rivals, Manchester United’s, grasp. They have also won 5 domestic trophies. City have endless talent in their squad and play at the popular, Etihad stadium, that is also used for other occasions such as concerts. Their world class manager, Pep Guardiola has brought a very attacking philosophy to the club, which the players have adapted to quickly, as well as being resolute at the back. It is the style of football that fans dream of watching week in week out and luckily City fans can with great confidence in winning games.
Manchester City are referred to the ‘noisy neighbours’ of Manchester United. Since their club was bought by a Middle Eastern business group in 2008, they have gone on to challenge in the league and Champions League. Since their formation in 1880, City have won the league four times, most memorably their injury time comeback against QPR to snatch the Premier League title from their arch rivals, Manchester United’s, grasp.
They have also won 5 domestic trophies. City have endless talent in their squad and play at the popular, Etihad stadium, that is also used for other occasions such as concerts. Their world class manager, Pep Guardiola has brought a very attacking philosophy to the club, which the players have adapted to quickly, as well as being resolute at the back.
It is the style of football that fans dream of watching week in week out and luckily City fans can with great confidence in winning games. When they were first formed as St. Mark's, their first name change occurred in 1887 when they became Ardwick Association Football Club, they became known as Manchester City from 1894 and are now one of the biggest clubs in world football.
They have one of the biggest managerial names in Pep Guardiola in control and have some of the biggest names in their squad. The club won their first trophy in 1904, winning the FA Cup to become the first Manchester club to win a major honour. The Citizens originally played their home games at Hyde Road but a fire destroyed a big part of the ground in 1920, resulting in a move to Maine Road in 1923.
City won the FA Cup again in 1934 and in that run, broke the record for the highest home attendance in FA Cup history, with 84,569 fans packing into the stadium on Maine Road for the sixth-round tie. They won the first division title for the inaugural time in 1937, but still suffered relegation the following season, despite scoring the most goals from any team in the league.
City finally regained the FA Cup 20 years later and will go down in history, where it was discovered Blues goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann, broke his back mid game without realising, in the 3-1 victory against Birmingham City.
Manchester City suffered shock relegation to the second division in 1963 meaning something had to change, therefore Joe Mercer took over as manager and won promotion back to the top tier. The 1960's proved to be a very good decade for the club as the First Division was won for a second time with stars still talked about around the blue parts of Manchester like Colin Bell and Mike Summerbee.
Mercer also led his side to the FA Cup in 1969 and the European Cup Winners Cup the following year. From the 1970s onwards, City were very much a yoyo side for the next 30 years, going back and forth between the top two divisions, changing managers several times along the way.
City were one of the Premier League’s 23 founders and finished ninth in the first season, however, struggles continued and they were relegated out of the top flight once again in 1996. Things did not improve and they spent two seasons struggling in the second tier, and then became just the second team to ever win a European trophy and then drop down into the third tier.
A change was needed again, and once again it was a success, as City returned to the second division at the first attempt. After a few more yo-yo seasons, Kevin Keegan led the Blues to the Division One title in 2002 and the club has stayed in the Premier League since.
City bid farewell to the iconic Maine Road at the end of the 2002-03 season and inherited the City of Manchester Stadium, built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, which is now named the Etihad Stadium. Sven-Goran Eriksson became the first overseas manager for the club in 2007 but only lasted a year as Manchester United great Mark Hughes took over in 2008.
City’s transformation from a mid-table side to English giants was completed in 2008 when Abu Dhabi United Group bought the club off financially unreliable owner Thaksin Shinawatra. The Middle Eastern group injected billions of pounds into not just Manchester City, but the area and community surrounding the stadium – which is referred to as Etihad Campus.
This was a turning point for the club and although performances did not pick up immediately, City were safe in the top half of the table. Continued investment and spending on top quality players like club-record £55m man Kevin De Bruyne have seen the club become not just more prominent in England, but in Europe as well.
Manchester City properly marked their arrival among the country’s elite in the 2011-12 season, as super no. 16 Sergio Agüero and Mario Balotelli led Roberto Mancini’s side to a first title win since the rebranding of the Premier League.
Highlights of that campaign include the 6-1 humiliation of city rivals United at Old Trafford; however they trailed the Reds by eight points with just six games remaining. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side massively slumped in the run-in though, and the two sides were level on points going into the final day.
United did all they could by beating Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, while City trailed 2-1 to QPR at home with 24 minutes to go after being stunned by goals from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie. Edin Dzeko headed Mancini’s men level on 92 minutes before Balotelli played Agüero through on goal in the 5th minute of stoppage time, and what happened afterwards was history – Manchester City’s greatest bit of history, ever.
Martin Tyler cries “Agüeeerrrooo” as the Etihad pours into bedlam, the Blues had pulled off one of the most historic title wins of all time leaving United in tatters in the North East. City are still performing at the highest level today and have improved their performances in the Champions League as the years have gone on, but only hold one more Premier League title since that momentous day on 13th May 2012 under Manuel Pellegrini.
The Chilean boss made way in the 2016 close season for one of the world’s most sought-after managers, Pep Guardiola – made famous from his glory days at Barcelona. Despite a disappointing first season in charge, something seemed to click in the 2017-18 campaign with his side scoring goals left, right and centre as they matched to a third Premier League crown.
City invested massively in their defence; signing England right-back Kyle Walker for £45m, Benjamin Mendy for £50m, Danilo for £27m, and goalkeeper Ederson for £35m as well as Aymeric Laporte for £57m in the January transfer window. And the money spent paid off in the long run as they became the first club to achieve 100 points in a single league campaign.
After winning 19 of their opening 20 matches, drawing the other to Everton, the blue moon was already rising above the rest of the competition and that was how it continued as Guardiola’s side lost just twice on their way to lifting the sought-after trophy.
Despite a disappointing FA Cup exit against League One side Wigan Athletic but winning the EFL Cup to add to the ever-growing trophy cabinet at the Etihad Stadium, the City team of 2017-18 has been touted as the best ever to grace English football.
City will have to wait to see what impact they can make on the 2018-19 season for a first taste of European glory though; Liverpool got the better of them in the 2017-18 Champions League quarter-finals, heavily defeating the team many were touting as favourites 5-1.
Guardiola has adopted a fast pace style of play, where full backs play like midfielders. They play some of the most attractive football in the game and boasts talent in the way of Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus. Under the guidance of Guardiola, Manchester City seem set to continue their status as main contenders for the foreseeable future and will be hoping to, one day, achieve their ultimate goal of Champions League glory.
It’s unlikely City will be too active in the 2018 summer transfer window following such an impressive previous season with so many high-performing players, but Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Napoli midfielder Jorginho are said to be closing in on moves.
Those who bought football tickets for Pep Guardiola’s runaway Premier League champions last season were lucky and got to see one of the greatest English sides of all time. Now get your Manchester City football tickets with Box Office Events to witness the Cityzens make more history. We offer the best Manchester City football ticket prices and hospitality packages, so any football fan can secure their place at City’s top-of-the-range facilities at the Etihad Stadium. Our 24/7 customer support service offers you help and information at every minute of every day so get in touch for more information on how you can bag your Manchester City football tickets today.
Manchester City mesmerized world football during the 2017/18 season after cruising to their third Premier League title, breaking all sorts of records along the way.
Their persistent and attacking style of play made them a joy to watch last season and as their recent success continues to grow, we at Box Office Events have built a guide into buying Manchester City tickets at the Etihad Stadium, while you still can.
One of the easiest ways to secure tickets to watch the defending league champions is by purchasing a season ticket.
The Etihad Stadium currently has the capacity to hold 40,000 season tickets.
Manchester City offer five different price brackets for fans purchasing season tickets. They are for adults aged between 22 and 64, 18-21-year olds, fans aged under 18, over 65s and disabled supporters.
Gold season cards come with access to all 19 home Premier League matches. For adults, this costs between £400 and £940 (£21.05-£49.47 per match) for the season, it is priced between £205 and £630 (£10.79-£33.16 per match) for supporters aged 18 to 21 and for disabled fans, from £205 to £465 (£10.79-£24.47 per match) for fans aged 65 and over and for only £95 to £300 (£5 to £15.79 per match) for fans aged under 18.
Fans with a gold season card will receive a whole host of benefits. These include, access to exclusive events and rewards, 190 loyalty points, the option to sell tickets for games they cannot attend via the club’s official ticket exchange, a 10% discount at both the CityStore and on online retail and the opportunity to register for Cup Schemes to gain regular access for tickets in competitions outside of the Premier League.
All season card holders also have the opportunity to win ‘money can’t buy’ experiences to travel with the Manchester City to European matches or being able to play on the pitch at the Etihad Stadium, receive exclusive content from the club when they make a new signing, 20% off club and stadium tours and more partner-based rewards.
Seasoncard holders under the age of 13 will also be automatically subscribed to the club’s Junior Cityzens membership, which comes with a dedicated site full of exclusive content, entry to exclusive competitions, which include the chance to be a matchday mascot, player escort and inclusion into the official team photo and their own exclusive events such as the Junior Cityzens Weekend Football Camp and the Junior Cityzens Press Conference.
For an additional £50 to all season tickets, fans can become a Platinum season card holder. This comes with all the same benefits that gold season card holders receive, as well as an additional 190 loyalty points, significantly increasing your chances of getting tickets for high profile matches outside of the league and for away games.
The club also offers a premium season ticket option, which is in blocks 210, 209, and half of 207 in the East Stand, and inside blocks 221, 222 and half of 223 at the Colin Bell Stand. This premium season ticket option, known as the 93:20, costs between £1,215 and £1,370 (£55.23-£62.27 per match) a season for adults aged between 22 and 64, costing between £905 and £1,030 (£41.14-£46.82 per match) for disabled fans and supporters aged between 18 to 21 and 65 and over, whilst 93:20 passes for under-18s cost between £610 and £685 (£27.73-£31.14 per match) per season.
Members of the 93:20 scheme will receive all the benefits that Platinum season card holders get, as well as tickets to City’s first three Domestic Cup matches at home, padded executive Level 2 seating, access to the spacious concourse bars pre-match, post-match and at half time, complimentary matchday programmes during your 22 matches, 15% discount at the CityStore and via the Online retail store.
Seasonal car parking at the ground is also an optional feature for all season ticket holders, costing £190 for the year.
A Metrolink Matchday Season Ticket is also an additional add on for all season card holders. For £74 for adults, £53 for 18-21-year-olds or for £32 for supporters aged under-18, you can purchase a yearly pass which provides travel to and from the Etihad Stadium from anywhere on the Metrolink Network. This service runs from anytime after 9:30am on weekdays and at any time on weekends. This season ticket also comes with free parking at all Metrolink Park & Ride sites and any fans with a matchday season ticket can also use the fast-track lane at the Etihad Campus stop, giving supporters priority access to trams after matches.
Gold, platinum and 93:20 season card holders also have the option to pay via 10 direct debit payments, instead of paying via one lump sum.
All season ticket holders can also donate to the club’s partner charity, City in the Community, when buying their season cards.
For supporters wanting priority access to tickets but either don’t want to or cannot afford to buy a season ticket, then becoming a member at the club is the next best option.
The club’s membership scheme is called Cityzens and is free to join.
Cityzens shall receive the opportunity to vote on club decisions, such as what scarf season card holders will receive in their membership pack, be able to share their opinions via City Voice, participate on Player of the Match and Player of the Month votes, predict on scores, connect with other supporters, find official supporter’s clubs in their area and join the Disabled Supporters Association.
There is also a Cityzens matchday membership available for supporters wishing to increase their chances of securing tickets for Manchester City matches.
Matchday membership costs £35 for adults, which is aimed at supporters aged 13 and over; Junior membership is for fans from the ages of two to 12 years old and costs £25 for the season.
This option comes with exclusive match ticket priority, £5 off all home Premier League match ticket prices, no booking fee when purchasing tickets either online or in person, an automatic place on the waiting list for a season card, 10% off purchases at the CityStore and on their online shop, 20% discount on tours of the Club and Stadium and a 2018/19 season pack.
Adults will receive a 2018/19 season matchday card, a season scarf, a pin badge, a limited-edition handbook and stickers inside their membership pack. Junior members aged between two and 12 will receive a season matchday card, a Cityzens-only bootbag, a set of headphones, a ‘We all follow City’ wristband and stickers inside their season pack and Baby Cityzens under the age of two will be given a season matchday card, a Cityzens Baby Grow and a Baby Cityzens certificate.
The three main ways of purchasing Manchester City tickets is through the club’s ticket website, over the phone and at their ticket office at the Etihad Stadium.
Official tickets can also be purchased via Box Office Events.
Members and season card holders can also purchase tickets for face value from other season ticket holders via the club’s ticket exchange service. Gold and platinum season card holders will receive 1/19th of their total season card fee back every time they sell their ticket for a match they cannot attend, whilst Premium card holders will have 1/22nd of their total fee refunded for each match they sell that ticket for.
Non-members can also purchase tickets on general sale but shall be charged £5 more per ticket than Cityzen Matchday members.
The stadium’s box office, telephone line and ticket purchasing website are all accessible for non-members.
Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium has 15 different hospitality options for supporters wanting to incorporate fine dining into their matchday experience.
Joe’s, the Commonwealth and the 1894 Club Bar are the three hospitality sports bars on offer at the stadium, which cost between £1,805 to £2,700 per person for a season. All three of these bars come with executive padded seating situated along the half way line and a selection of premium bar food and drink options to purchase.
There are also five seasonal boxes to choose from, which can be purchased per match or seasonally. Yearly prices for these start at £3,210 + VAT per person and rise to as high as £7,270 + VAT per person. All suites suites provide a private viewing experience and come with either informal or formal three, four or five course dining.
Two options to become part of the Tunnel Club are also available to supporters. All seats inside this section are located behind the dugout. This package allows supporters to welcome the players as they enter, listen to performance analysts talking about game tactics, all-inclusive premium food options and more. The standard option costs £7,875 + VAT per person per season. However, for £15,750 + VAT per person per season, this option can include the chance to see the two teams line-up in the tunnel before each match and include a five-course dining experience and an unlimited premium drinks package for every match.
City also offer five experience packages, costing between £5,000 + VAT and £25,000 + VAT per box per match. These boxes can hold between 10 and 20 guests and come with a broad variety of benefits. Depending on which package is purchased, the following benefits are potentially applicable. They include, five-course dining experiences, luxury padded seating, whiskey/wine making and cocktail tasting masterclasses, access all areas, the chance to greet the players on arrival and more.
All hospitality seating is located in the Colin Bell and East stands of the stadium.
Best places to sit at the Etihad Stadium
For fans looking to sing alongside the City faithful, then head to the lower tier of the South Stand, where home fans are best known for building a great atmosphere.
Meanwhile, the best views in the ground can be scouted out from the middle tiers of the Colin Bell Stand and the East Stand.
Etihad Stadium information and facts
The Etihad Stadium is located on Ashton New Road, Manchester. Postcode: M11 3FF
Since opening for the use of football in August 2003, the ground has been the home of Manchester City, who before then played their home matches at Maine Road for 80 years.
It has four different capacities depending on what type of event it is hosting. For domestic football, the ground can hold 55,097 spectators, making it the fourth largest club football stadium in the country, whilst matches in UEFA competitions can be played out in front of crowds of up to 53,000. Music concerts at this venue are often performed in front a 60,000-strong capacity.
Although football was not played there until 15 years ago, the stadium was first used in 2002 part of the commonwealth games. The stadium hosted track and field events and some matches in the rugby sevens event in front of a capacity crowd of 41,000, which at the time was the maximum spectator allowance.
It has also hosted three England international football matches, Rugby League internationals, a Ricky Hatton boxing fight and a Rugby Union World Cup match.
In 2005, the Etihad hosted England’s opening match of the 2005 UEFA Women’s European Championships, where the Lionesses beat Finland 3-2. The 2008 UEFA Cup Final was also hosted at the home of the Sky Blues, where Zenit St Petersburg were 2-0 winners against Rangers.
Musicians such as Coldplay, Take That, U2, George Michael and more have all performed at the Etihad Stadium.
A lot of parking is located at the stadium, which costs £10 per car per match.
Several forms of public transport are also available to allow fans to travel to the ground.
Manchester Piccadilly train station is located just 1.4 miles away from the stadium, which is walkable in just under half an hour, whilst Ardwick and Ashburys stations are both situated 1.2 and one mile away respectively and are within a 20 to 25-minute walk away from the stadium.
The nearest tram stop is at the Etihad Campus station, which is less than 10 minutes away from the ground on foot.
Etihad Stadium is the nearest bus stop to the ground, located 0.2 miles and a five-minute walk away from the stadium.