went to the Man City v. Wigan game on March 1st.
Really looking forward to going as we went two
years ago (Wigan won 1-0 then), it is a great
stadium and we were quietly confident of a
spent the day in Manchester (evening 5-15 kick
off) Parked all day at Victoria station (£4
for 12 hours) We were then able to see a show in
Manchester that evening. We walked to the ground,
it takes about 30 minutes from the city centre, it
is well signposted, although a little quiet in
some streets. We also walked back, although by
then it was pouring with rain.
had lunch in the city centre, there is a huge
choice of cafes and restaurants. We don't go to
pubs on match days so cannot comment. Lots of
banter with City fans during game, very good
natured. No problem after the game. You have to
make a longish detour as an away fan round a fence
to head back to Manchester. No problem on the way
back. Lots of City fans moaning about their team's
performance, as you do after dropping points at
ground is very spectacular from the outside and as
you approach. The concourse area is pretty much as
any other, concrete and drab. Inside the stadium
it is aesthetically very pleasing, seating all the
way round, curved tops to the side stands, all
seats in blue. We were in the lower deck of the
away section, only a few rows back, excellent
view, legroom not bad.
draw, but we did not think it at all drab, as most
newspaper reports had it. City won the first half
on points, Wigan the second. City played some
nice, neat football without a real cutting edge.
Wigan's back four have been playing very well and
today was no exception. Wigan finished the match
the stronger and did have chances to win the game.
Palacios was outstanding. A pretty good atmosphere
in the stadium but ground not full (38,000, lots
more than at Wigan, however!)
As I said, getting away was no problem. Overall, a great experience, a great stadium to visit. I hope we are still in the Premier league next season so we can visit again.
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