For decades Manchester City played second fiddle to their local neighbours, reduced to the shadows as Alex Ferguson’s dynasty at Manchester United reaped trophy after trophy. But in 2008, the worm began to turn when Sheikh Mansour, the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, took ownership of the club and began injecting it with unparalleled amounts of cash. Before long, City had gained a seat at the top table of football’s global elite, winning the Premier League and numerous domestic cups, and becoming regular competitors in the European Champions League. How times have changed.
A packed Etihad Stadium for a night game (Photo: Matt Churchill via Flickr)
The Premier League season runs from August to May, with all clubs playing a total of 19 home games. This modern Manchester City side often make it through to the latter stages of the domestic and European tournaments too, adding to the number of home fixtures each season. If you’d like to find out when Manchester City are scheduled to play at home during over the coming months, fixture lists for the remainder of the season are available to view online.
Our match ticket search results
Matches at the Etihad Stadium are usually in pretty high demand nowadays, but tickets are often left over by club members and end up available on general sale. However, if you’re struggling to get a ticket through the official channels or are seeking other options, there are a few alternative ways you may be able to get hold of a ticket. We’ve dug into the details and picked out three of the best below.
If you’re not having any success looking for tickets through the official route, the next best option is a ticket resale agency like Ticketgum who acquire tickets from club members and then sell them on for above face value. While this is sometimes very expensive, it’s a safe and secure way of buying tickets, as Ticketgum officially own the tickets so there’s no risk of fakes. There’s also availability for pretty much every game Man City play, whether it’s a domestic fixture, European clash, or even a pre-season friendly. Prices tend to fluctuate based on supply and demand, and the nearer to the match the more you’ll probably need to pay. After buying your tickets online, they’re sent by express delivery and you’re given a tracking number to keep tabs on their progress. Or if you want the ticket sent to a hotel, Ticketgum will call them to make sure they’re happy to hold it for you. Other plus sides to Ticketgum include a 100% money back guarantee if the game‘s cancelled and there are often VIP tickets available too.
StubHub operates as an intermediary for people wanting to buy or sell tickets for a wide range of sports and entertainment events. This means the company don’t own the tickets they sell, but the risk of fakes is very low and they promise to offer comparable or better tickets if you encounter a problem at the venue. Tickets can be priced at any rate the seller wants and StubHub then syphon off a commission on every sale made on the site. The numerous reviews available online speak highly of StubHub’s speedy delivery service and multiple people also offer high praise for the customer services team. There are usually tickets available for most Man City games, both home and away, with tickets as cheap as £80 for some games when we did a search. Premium hospitality tickets are also available for Man City games on StubHub and for some clubs they also offer a downloadable e-tickets service so you don’t have to wait for delivery.
Whether you’re able to buy tickets for City homes games direct from the club depends on the game and availability. Season ticket holders have their seats reserved for all Premier League home games. Afterward, those on the club’s official membership scheme, called Cityzens, have an exclusive window to purchase tickets, and if any remain they go on general sale. At this point anyone can buy a ticket – all you need to do is register online and you can buy up to six tickets. However for some games, usually high profile ones, there are special sales criteria put in place. For example, the club sometimes insist you’ve purchased a ticket with them before. Therefore, to guarantee yourself a ticket, we recommend buying a Cityzen membership, which costs £35 a year and entitles you to a £5 discount on each ticket. Alternatively, premium seats, with access to exclusive bars, and tickets for hospitality lounges, are also available and usually start at around £100.