GMS Ground Guide for Women's Super League: Manchester Derby

Manchester City Teams Celebration Parade

Manchester City Women will be based at the Academy Stadium with selected matches featured at the Etihad Stadium, including their first against city rivals Manchester United.

First Match: 7th September: Manchester City vs Manchester United @ 3 pm - Etihad Stadium

Academy Stadium

  • Capacity: 7000
  • Opened in 2014
  • Also hosts the Elite Development Squad matches
  • Season tickets: £65 adult, £27 under 16, £45 16-21-year-olds

Tickets available here

How to get to Academy Stadium

The Academy Stadium is located around 2 miles from Manchester city centre on the Etihad Campus. Walking to the stadium from the city centre takes around 30 minutes.

Etihad Stadium

Trains run from all over the country to both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations in the city centre.

From Piccadilly Station or Market Street in the city centre, the Metrolink runs regular services stopping at Etihad Campus.

Take the Metrolink for between 8-10mins in the direction of Droylsden to the Velopark stop. From here it is a 2-minute walk to both the Academy Stadium and the Etihad Campus.

City of Manchester

What’s on in Manchester

With Manchester’s city centre just around the corner, the Etihad and neighbouring Academy Stadium are perfectly placed to explore the North West’s biggest city.

The trendy areas of Manchester’s Northern Quarter and Ancoats are packed full of places to eat and drink before and after the game.

Food and Drink

There are plenty of bars and restaurants around Manchester Piccadilly Station, but other areas within the city are most definitely worth the trip. We recommend the Northern Quarter, The Printworks and The Corn Exchange.

Here are a few popular with local Mancs:

Mackie Mayor - Manchester's Northern Quarter

  • A former meat market has been transformed into one of the North West’s trendiest places to eat
  • The food hall houses a diverse array of food and drinks with vendors serving pizza, bao buns and everything in between
  • Child-friendly with play area

Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza

  • Ranked the best Pizza in England
  • 14'' pizza for a fiver
  • 15 mins walk from Manchester Piccadilly station
City of Manchester

What to see

Manchester is home to some of the most inspiring and interesting museums in the country, great for a family day out - perhaps most appropriately, the National Football Museum.

The city is also a centre for fashion and culture with remarkable gothic architecture like the John Rylands Library and Manchester Cathedral and world-renowned shopping centres at the Trafford and Arndale Centres.

The National Football Museum

  • Housing the world’s largest collection of football memorabilia, the NFM has regular exhibitions and interactive activities for kids.
  • A great place to learn more about the history of the beautiful game in one of the most football-mad cities in the world.
  • A family ticket for £25 gets you free entry for 12 months.
  • 2 mins walk from Manchester Victoria station.

Museum of Science and Industry

  • Manchester’s rich history as a centre for the industry makes it the perfect place for the Science and Industry Museum.
  • Interactive showcases and exhibitions pay tribute to an industrial legacy in the world's oldest train station.
  • Free entry
  • 5 mins walk from Deansgate station.

Sightseeing in Manchester

  • To see all the sights Manchester has to offer there are several walking tours, bus and taxi tours such as the hop-on-hop-off Sightseeing Manchester.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival

  • 2019 will see the 22nd annual nationally acclaimed Manchester Food and Drink Festival runs from 26th September to 7th October.
  • Events take place in venues across the City and at the Festival Hub at Cathedral Gardens, where a bespoke food and drink centre is custom-built.

Grub Food Fair at Mayfield

  • Fairfield Social Club just five minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly station hosts the Grub Food Fair until 31st December from 12pm-10pm
  • The fair has arguably the best street food in the UK, top-notch local craft beer and #plantpoweredsundays

Etihad City Square 

  • Manchester City FC’s dedicated match fan zone open during home games.
  • Head over to the stadium from two hours before kick-off and take in the live matchday entertainment.
  • Bars and cafes suitable for the whole family
City of Manchester

Manchester City Fixtures 2019/20:

7 September - Manchester United H
15 September - Reading A
29 September - Everton A
12 October - Birmingham City H
27 October - Arsenal A
17 November - West Ham United H
24 November - Bristol City A
1 December - Liverpool H
8 December - Chelsea A
15 December - Brighton and Hove Albion H
5 January - Tottenham Hotspur A
12 January - Everton H
19 January - Birmingham City A
2 February - Arsenal H
9 February - West Ham United A
12 February - Bristol City H
23 February - Chelsea H
22 March - Liverpool A
29 March - Manchester United A
5 April - Reading H
26 April - Tottenham Hotspur H
16 May - Brighton and Hove Albion A

(all fixtures subject to change)

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