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.
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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.
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.
Ticketbis offer an interactive online platform for people to purchase or sell tickets for a huge number of sporting and entertainment events across the world, with tickets often available up until the very last minute. If you’re determined to pay face value, or even under face value, then it’s always worth checking the website in the last few hours before an event, as those struggling to sell their tickets will often drop the price around this time. However, if you’re travelling specifically to attend an event, then that probably isn’t the assurance you require and you may want to secure your ticket much earlier. And if it’s a Manchester City home game you’re keen on attending, then as long as you’re willing to pay a bit of a premium, then you should get lucky. For example, tickets for a Premier League game with West Brom at the end of January are currently available for £63, which is likely to be only slightly above face value. One point to bear in mind, however, is that Ticketbis do charge a small commission on all transactions.
Thomas Cook Sport, an offshoot of the Thomas Cook budget travel agency, provide a superb choice of sports packages that combine match day tickets with local hotel deals near to the stadium. For games at Etihad Stadium, they have partnered with several hotels that are just a short walk or metro ride from the ground, such as the Hilton Manchester and the Ibis Styles Manchester. Once at the stadium, guests can enjoy a 10% discount on official club gifts and souvenirs at the club shop, an official Manchester City Scarf, and access to an event for junior fans and their families at the City Football Academy, before taking your seats in Level 3 of the East Stand to watch the match. Prices start at £119 per person for one night’s accommodation and a match-day hospitality ticket.