Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else can; through teamwork and tolerance. These values resonate with us at Etihad, which is just one reason why we’re so proud of our long-standing partnership with Manchester City Football Club.
For a decade now we’ve been backing the boys in blue and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements. Since becoming Man City’s main club partner in May 2009, the club has become one of the very best in world football, winning four Premier League titles and four English League cups, as well as the FA Cup twice.
First used as the venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Etihad Stadium is now the homeplace of MCFC; a world-class venue with the capacity to seat 55,000 cheering fans. Man City moved from their old home at Maine Road to the state-of-the-art facility at the start of the 2003-04 season. Formerly known as the City of Manchester Stadium, the venue was renamed in July 2011 to proudly carry the Etihad title.
Etihad Stadium forms part of the wider Etihad Campus, housing the smaller Man City Academy stadium and training facility, as well as the Manchester Regional Arena.
Fly daily from Abu Dhabi to Manchester with Etihad Airways and explore one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. Stay at the best hotels near the Etihad Stadium to make sure you never miss a second of the action – on or off the pitch. Book flights and hotels with Etihad Holidays for best-price packages guaranteed.
If you’re flying in for a match, getting to Etihad Stadium is easy. It takes about half an hour to drive from the airport, either via the M60, or the M56 and Kingsway/A34. There are plenty of public transport options too. A taxi will cost about AED150, you can take bus route 219 for AED40, or you can take the train and tram for about the same cost.
In October 2019, we celebrated the arrival of our newest aircraft – the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – sporting a special livery to celebrate our partnership with Manchester City Football Club. After 12 days, 70 people and more than 900 litres of paint, watch as the Man City colours grace our runways and skies.
We surprised some of our guests with more than just their suitcases on the baggage belt this Valentine's – because we love you to the blue moon and back.
Etihad tracked down some of Manchester City's biggest fans with the opportunity to be one of the first to get their hands on the new Puma Man City kit. Our challenge, to see who would be willing to fly …