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Blue Car Park to the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City Football Club - Etihad Stadium, Etihad Campus, Manchester, M11 3FF

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Introduction

  • The following information describes the route from the Blue Car Park to the Etihad Stadium.
  • The approximate distance of this route is 250m.
  • The route takes approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • The majority of paths along the route have a tarmac and concrete surface.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; moving vehicles, road crossings, signposts, bollards and congested pathways.

Parking (Blue Car Park)

  • Parking View
    • The car park is located to the north of the Etihad Campus.
    • The car park is accessed via Sportcity Way.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park does not have a barrier control system.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There are some slight gradients within the car park.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 52 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 350cm x 470cm (11ft 6in x 15ft 5in).
    • There is not a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
    • The designated Blue Badge parking bays are approximately between 220m and 370m from the outer concourse/walkway.
    • The marked Blue Badge parking bays are located in Blue Car Park G.
      A number of the marked Blue Badge parking bays are allocated to season ticket holders.
      There are an additional 350 standard spaces in Blue Car Park H.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
    • Standard parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The route from the car park is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • The stadium is not clearly visible from the car park.
  • Paying View
    • There are parking charges for the car park.
    • Payment signs are not provided.
  • Matchday Information View
    • The following information relates to the parking available on a matchday.
    • There are 52 parking bays in total which are allocated to Blue Badge holders, of which 52 is/are clearly marked.
    • Standard parking bays can be used for Blue Badge holders.
    • This car park is for home and away supporters.
    • Please call the clubs Disability Access Officer on 0161 444 1894 (Option 1, 1, 1) to discuss the booking of Blue Badge parking bays.
    • Parking spaces are available on a match-by-match basis.
    • Parking is not free for all supporters on match day.
    • There is a steward available for assistance on match days.
    • Disabled Supporters who hold a ‘Blue Badge’ may apply for free parking, subject to availability, on a match by match basis. Supporters will need to supply a copy of their Blue Badge in advance to qualify for free parking.
      ‘Pay on the day’ parking is available in the Etihad Stadium car parks at a cost of £10. Minibuses and coaches are free of charge.
  • Related Route Plan(s) View

Blue Car Park to Sportcity Way Crossing

  • The marked Blue Badge parking bays are located in Blue Car Park G.
  • You can exit this car park in the corner next to Blue Badge Bay 1 or via the pavement next to the access road, opposite Blue Badge Bay 27.
  • In both cases there is a dropped kerb, neither of which have tactile paving.
  • The corner exit will bring you out 20m from the Sportcity Way crossing, leading to the Joe Mercer Way walkway.
  • To reach the crossing turn right after the dropped kerb and proceed straight ahead to Sportcity Way.
  • There are some loose stones on the strip of ground between the dropped kerb and the main tarmac surface.
  • If exiting the car park via the pavement, use the path on the left hand side of the access road and follow it around to the left into Sportcity Way.
  • Follow the path and turn right to cross Sportcity Way when you are opposite Joe Mercer Way.
  • At this point of the route the road is red and flush with the path.
  • There is a bollard along the first section which narrows the path to 100cm.
  • It is approximately 100m from the car park to the crossing using this route.

Sportcity Way Crossing to Joe Mercer Way

  • Cross Sportcity Way at the red section in front of the walkway to the stadium.
  • This section of road is flush with the path on both sides but there is no tactile paving.
  • At the far side of the crossing there are 2 rows of bollards.
  • The minimum width through the first row of bollards is 136cm.
  • The minimum width through the second row of bollards is 122cm.
  • The bollards do have a colour contrast with the background.
  • After passing through the bollards there is a pick-up point for the shuttle bus.
  • The shuttle bus can used by ambulant disabled supporters to access the stadium concourse.
  • The shuttle bus drops supporters next to City Square.

Joe Mercer Way to the Outer Concourse

  • Follow Joe Mercer Way for approximately 210 metres and you will reach the outer concourse.
  • The walkway has a blue painted concrete surface.
  • There is a slight uphill slope for the first 100 metres and then it levels out.
  • The walkway is wide and there are bench seats for resting at approximately 50 metres and then 100 metres.
  • There is step-free access onto the outer concourse.

Outer Concourse

  • The outer concourse has a tarmac/resin bound gravel surface and is step-free and mostly smooth throughout.
    All stands are accessible via the outer concourse.
  • On matchdays there are some merchandise cabins located around the outer concourse. The cabins have short, steep ramps for access.
    There are kiosks selling matchday programmes located around the outer concourse.
    The City Square Fanzone is located on the concourse outside the Family Zone.
  • All entrances into the stadium have step-free access.
  • A road closure operates immediately after the event/match to allow pedestrians to leave the Etihad Stadium safely. This is in place for approximately 20 minutes after the event/match.
    Roads affected by the closure include; Ashton New Road – between Alan Turing Way and Darley Street, Grey Mare Lane – between Ashton New Road and Alan Turing Way, Merrill Street – between Pollard Street and Ashton New Road.
  • Clear directional signage is provided on the concourse.
  • There is a stadium plan/map on the concourse.
  • There is a steward/member of staff available for assistance on match days.