Aston Villa have won two games on the bounce in the Premier League. Next up for Dean Smith’s men is a trip up the M6 to take on the Champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Address: Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF
Official Website: Mancity.com
The Etihad Stadium has been the home of Manchester City since 2003. The Stadium was originally built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Since then the Etihad has gone on to host many events including the 2008 Uefa Cup Final.
It cost £112million to build the stadium and has won several awards for its design. In 2008, a 7000 third tier was added to the South Stand. It was designed to be in keeping with the rest of the stadium.
Aston Villa fans will be housed in the South Stand split between three tiers. The view is pretty impressive as you would expect from a modern ground. Although the atmosphere can be very hit and miss from the home fans (as its well documented on social media).
Away supporters are located very close to Manchester City fans so it can tend to get a little spicy between the two sets of supporters.
The facilities in the concourse are pretty good. Large HD televisions showcasing the game. There is your usual selection of food on offer including Hot dogs (£4.50) and various pies (£4). Alcohol is available in the stadium at the discretion of the local authorities. Lagers, Ciders and bitters are priced at £4 per pint and £2.50 for a half-pint. Red and Rose wine are also available priced at £5.50.
For those making the trip, be sure to read Manchester City’s guide here.
There isn’t a great number of bars around the Etihad Stadium with many fans opting to drink around the City Centre.
The Stanley will allow small pockets of away fans but not enough to create a pre-match atmosphere. It is around a ten-minute walk from the stadium on Pottery Lane. There is a £1 entrance cost for adults where your hand will be stamped. Inside the bar is a large screen showcasing Sky Sports and the Stanley is known for its good pleasant service from the bar staff.
In the town centre, Printworks is usually popular with away supporters by Victoria train station. There are plenty of places to drink and eat in the facility.
Away fans are advised to stay away from the pubs on Grey Mare Lane.
Exit Junction 19 of the M6 and follow the A556 towards Stockport. Join the M56, before joining the M60 towards Stockport and Ashton Under Lyne. Leave at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester.
Branch off onto Ashton New Road (A662) towards Manchester and follow the road for around three miles until you reach the Etihad Stadium.
Trains from Birmingham to Manchester will take an average of 90 minutes.
Keep an eye on our Twitter page where we will try to post any updates on the trip to Brighton as we get them.
Alternatively, give AVFC_WMP a follow on Twitter. This is the official Aston Villa Police, Twitter page. PC Stu Bladen will also be at the game and update you on the latest going’s on in and around the ground.