City Of Manchester Stadium
Saturday March 1st 2008
V Wigan Athletic, Premier League 5.15pm
By Alan Parker
to the Man City v. Wigan game on 1st. March. 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 'result'
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.
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 home
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
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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