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The Etihad Stadium - home to more than just football

The home ground of Manchester City Football Club was built in 2002 at a cost of �112 million, partially funded by Manchester City Council in order to host the 2002 Commonwealth games.

Football, rugby and boxing are a few of the sporting events held at the stadium along with concerts and exhibitions attracting many other visitors. More than 1,000 people can enter the Etihad Stadium every minute if all entrances are used.

Eat, drink and celebrate at the Etihad

The Etihad is the centrepiece of Sports City which is also home to Manchester's Velodrome.

Inside the stadium, facilities include six restaurants (two with views of the pitch), 70 executive boxes, a kitchen and even a prison cell. If you're a big enough fan of the club that you'd like to get married there, it's even licenced for wedding ceremonies.

An iconic statue from a local sculptor

An enormous statue of a sprinter on the stadium's perimiter celebrates the determination of competing athletes and was unveiled by Steve Cram MBE, shortly before the Commonwealth Games began on July 9, 2002.

Looking for cheap accommodation Near the Etihad stadium? Travelodge Manchester Ancoats Hotel is around a mile and a half away or Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly Hotel is just a 10-minute drive.