Manchester City Academy Stadium (Manchester)

Address: Academy Stadium,
Etihad Campus,
North Gate,
400 Ashton New Road,
Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
England,
M11 4TQ

Capacity: 4,700 (Seated) (Listed Tournament Capacity)

The little brother to the big stadium just across the bridge.

Opened in December 2014, the Manchester City Academy Stadium normally hosts home matches for Manchester City Women’s Team and the Manchester City EDS (Elite Development Squad) and Academy sides.

The stadium was announced back in September 2011 as part of the plans for a major training facility in Manchester. Known collectively as the City Football Academy (CFA), it is an 80-acre facility which can cater for around 400 young players. The Manchester City Academy Stadium would become the main matchday venue for these players, with the Manchester City Women’s Team moving in upon its opening. They had previously been based at the nearby Manchester Regional Athletics Arena.

THE MANCHESTER CITY ACADEMY STADIUM WILL HOST THREE MATCHES AT UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2022:
BELGIUM V ICELAND (GROUP D) (SUNDAY 10TH JULY 2022) (KICK-OFF 17:00 BST)
ITALY V ICELAND (GROUP D) (THURSDAY 14TH JULY 2022) (KICK-OFF 17:00 BST)
ITALY V BELGIUM (GROUP D) (MONDAY 18TH JULY 2022) (KICK-OFF 20:00 BST)

Location and Getting There

The Manchester City Academy Stadium is based on the edge of the City Football Academy (CFA), approximately two miles east of Manchester City Centre. The nearby Etihad Campus, including the City of Manchester Stadium, is just 400 metres away to the northwest and accessible via a 190-metre-long pedestrian bridge which passes over the intersection between Ashton New Road (A662) and Alan Turing Way (A6010).

With most of the CFA off limits to the public, the best place for parking at the Manchester City Academy Stadium would be the car parks which surround the City of Manchester Stadium nearby. Though these will cost to park at, they are very well placed, and you can simply head over the pedestrian bridge from there to the Manchester City Academy Stadium.
I would discourage you from using the car parking spaces at the nearby Asda Eastlands Supercentre as restrictions may not allow you to park there for the entire duration of the match.
Street parking in nearby suburbs may be possible, but you are likely to find yourself having to walk a fair distance to get from your car to the stadium itself.

The route most people take to reach the Manchester City Academy Stadium is by rail.
Manchester’s Metro system has a stop called Etihad Campus which is a short while north of the City of Manchester Stadium. It is possible to exit the tram at this stop, walk around the eastern side of the City of Manchester Stadium, and then across the pedestrian bridge which leads to the Manchester City Academy Stadium.
There is a closer Metro stop, however. Velopark is the next station on the line* and is located right outside the Asda Eastlands Supercentre. It is on the other side of Ashton New Road (A662) from the Manchester City Academy Stadium, and you can find that it is awkward to cross this road if you don’t make use of the crossings over by the intersection. Traffic along this road can be frequent in both directions.
I would advise being careful if you are taking the Metro to the Manchester City Academy Stadium though. Many fans will likely use this route to travel, especially if coming from Manchester’s National Rail stations. The Metro carriages as a result can become extremely cramped before and immediately after the match and you could find yourself stuck in a very confined space.
If this is not something you are comfortable with, you may either need to arrive early or find another way there.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Though the Etihad Campus and Velopark Metro stops are on the same line, not all trains head to both stations. If using the Metro from Manchester Piccadilly for instance, you will find that some services terminate at the Etihad Campus station, whilst others continue on to Velopark and terminate later down the line at Ashton-Under-Lyne.

Outside the Stadium

If heading across the pedestrian bridge from the City of Manchester Stadium, you will have the option of either using the staircase to your left or the longer ramp to your right. Regardless of which route you take however; you will leave the bridge in line with the Manchester City Academy Stadium’s West Stand.
The stand has a nice modern exterior to it, making use of large pipe-like panels and a row of glass windows along its centre. The stand’s roof is positioned high above and is held in place by support pillars. The space inside the stand, behind the glass windows, is often used for storage purposes.
You can find turnstiles for this side of the Manchester City Academy Stadium at either end of the exterior, in line with both the southwest and northwest corners.
Part of the pedestrian bridge between the Manchester City Academy Stadium and the City of Manchester Stadium is located out in front of the West Stand, and underneath you can find a Ticket Office built into the base.

Continuing round in a clockwise direction brings you to the North Stand.
The exterior has a similar design to the adjacent West Stand, but also includes a large section of connected black bricks at its base. The stand’s roof is positioned above and is held in place by support pillars.
You can find turnstiles for this side of the Manchester City Academy Stadium at either end of the exterior, in line with both the northwest and northeast corners.
Ashton New Road (A662) is outside the North Stand’s exterior, and the Velopark Metro Stop is on the other side of the road.

The Manchester City Academy Stadium’s East Stand is considered the Main Stand. It is however the least accessible side of the stadium as it faces inwards towards the rest of the City Football Academy (CFA). Vehicles can only get round to therefore by being allowed through the checkpoints along either Etihad Avenue to the east or Allison Way to the south. Access for pedestrians is similar limited by fences and gates.
The exterior of the East Stand follows a similar design to the West Stand opposite, but also features a large glass façade higher up and a protruding entrance at the base which leads to the Main Reception. The upper sections of the stand’s exterior feature Club Offices, a Press Room and a Board Room, with a Media Zone entrance located over by the stadium’s northeast corner.
Turnstiles for the East Stand are based in both the northeast and southeast corners, though the restricted access area outside the stand means that you will need to walk around the whole stadium in order to get between the two corners.
Parking for visiting media is based in a long car park off Etihad Avenue and in line with two Youth Player Training Fields.

The South Stand at the Manchester City Academy Stadium follows plenty of similarities with the North Stand opposite.
Whilst there are black connected bricks on the northern side of the stadium however, the southern side makes use of a large blue mural across its base. The stand’s roof is positioned above and is held in place by support pillars.
You can find turnstiles for this side of the Manchester City Academy Stadium at either end of the exterior, in line with both the southeast and southwest corners.
Allison Way, one of the access roads into the City Football Academy (CFA) is located outside the South Stand, with staff parking, youth pitches and a blue AstroTurf Community Pitch out beyond there.

Inside the Stadium

The West Stand consists of a single tier of seating that uses light blue and dark blue seats to form a speckled design. The stadium’s changing rooms are housed inside this stand, with the tunnel and dugouts down the front and by the pitch. Up behind the back row are television gantries, with the main gantry positioned in line with the stadium tunnel.
Your view from anywhere inside the West Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
There is no solid back wall behind the seating area however, and there are only small walls in place at either end to offer protection as opposed to large windshields.

You can find a large electronic screen in the northwest corner which can best be seen by those at the opposite end of the stadium.

The North Stand consists entirely of standing terrace and features four rows of metal bars running across it for fans to lean on. There are two sets of light blue seats in place down at the front of the stand for disabled supporters to use. You can find a small television gantry up above the back row, and the space behind the terraced area forms the stand’s covered concourse.
Your view from anywhere inside the North Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
There is a curved, solid back wall behind the terracing area, but it doesn’t go all the way up to the stand’s roof. The curve of the back wall in turn aids with protection to the sides of the stand.

The East Stand consists of a single tier of seating that uses light blue and dark blue seats to form a speckled design. The centre of the stand contains a glass entrance that leads to the Headquarters and Media Centre inside. There are rows of executive seating up behind here, and the stadium’s press area is directly alongside them.
The concourse for refreshments and toilet facilities are at either end of the East Stand.
Your view from anywhere inside the East Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
Whilst there isn’t a solid back wall up behind the seating rea, the abundance of Club Office buildings do help with providing protection from. There are only small walls in place at either end, however. Windshields are not present.

The South Stand is a carbon copy of the North Stand opposite.
It consists entirely of standing terrace and features four rows of metal bars running across it for fans to lean on. There are two sets of light blue seats in place down at the front of the stand for disabled supporters to use. You can find a small television gantry up above the back row, and the space behind the terraced area forms the stand’s covered concourse.
Your view from anywhere inside the North Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
There is a curved, solid back wall behind the terracing area, but it doesn’t go all the way up to the stand’s roof. The curve of the back wall in turn aids with protection to the sides of the stand.

Matchday Pubs

Pubs available to supporters on a matchday include:
-The Grove Inn (652 Ashton New Road, M11 4AT) (Located east of the Manchester City Academy Stadium)

-Mary D’s Beamish Bar (13 Grey Mare Lane, M11 3DQ) (Located west of the Manchester City Academy Stadium)

-Piccadilly Manchester (71-75 London Road, M1 2BS) (Located near Manchester Piccadilly Station)

-The Townley (31 Albert Street, M11 3QW) (Located west of the Manchester City Academy Stadium)

-Wetherspoons Piccadilly (Piccadilly House, M1 2AP) (Located near Manchester Piccadilly Station)

Overview

The Manchester City Academy Stadium is a very good quality venue. It’s simplistic layout, with seating on two sides and standing terrace behind either goal, is very practical and offers clear views of the pitch no matter where you are sat.

A key part of the Etihad Campus, and easily accessible via Manchester’s Metrolink system. The Manchester City Academy Stadium is certainly not the biggest building in the complex, but one worth plenty of attention on a matchday.

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