Ed Sheeran


Etihad Campus
Thursday 9 June 2022 to Sunday 12 June 2022
Impacted area(s)

Manchester city centre, Beswick, Clayton, Gorton, Openshaw, Ashton

Calling all Ed Sheeran fans!

Ed Sheeran will treat his fans to four consecutive special nights live performance at the Etihad Stadium with his highly anticipated ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour’ from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 June 2022.

Doors open for each show at 4pm with support coming from Anne-Marie and the up-and-coming multi-instrumentalist Ryan McMullan.

If you're travelling to watch the concert our key advice is:

  • Based off data from previous events at the Etihad, we expect the roads such as - Regent Road, Hyde Road, Ashton Old Road and Mancunian Way - to be busy in the hours before and after the concert. Please consider leaving the car at home or re-routing your journey.
  • City centre Metrolink stops and services on the Ashton line will run to a 12-minute frequency and will be busier in the run up to the gig.

You can follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink on the night for live updates.

Metrolink services to the concert

A fast and frequent tram service runs straight to the stadium’s dedicated tram stop Etihad Campus on the Ashton line. You can purchase a zone 1+2 ticket which will cover your journey there and back from the city centre for £3.50.

The journey from Manchester Piccadilly Station to the stadium takes less than 10 minutes.

After the concert, trams will not serve Holt Town and Velopark until crowds have cleared from the Etihad Campus stop.


We encourage passengers to pay via contactless especially for events, to beat the queue at the ticket machines. If you decide to pay for your ticket this way, please remember that the ticket you are purchasing is for one adult only. It is not possible to touch-in and out for multiple tickets.

If you are travelling with children, a child or family travelcard will need to be purchased from the ticket machine.


Journey times will increase on Mancunian Way (eastbound), Ashton New Road, Ashton Old Road, Hyde Road and Alan Turing Way two hours before the concert.

Based on previous data collected from midweek events, drivers on the Mancunian Way (eastbound & westbound) can expect increases of 15 to 20 minutes on top of your normal journey time.

Heavy congestion was also identified on key routes such as Great Ancoats Street and Whitworth Street where drivers can expect an additional 10 minutes added to their journey.

If you’re travelling to the concert or driving in the impacted areas area take an alternative route or re-time your journey to before 5pm or after 9pm to avoid the delays.

A strictly-enforced resident parking scheme is in place on the streets around the ground, which is made clear through on-street signage.

Several roads around the stadium may be closed for approximately 20 minutes after the concert to allow pedestrians to leave.

Official car parks

Attendees should be aware that all official car park spaces have to be booked in advance. Please visit the Manchester City website for further information.

Park and Ride

If you do need to drive to the concert, we definitely maybe recommend using one of our Park and Ride sites where you can park for free and then complete your journey to the stadium on the tram.

Two Park and Ride sites are conveniently located close to M60 Junction 23.

From these stops the journey time to the stadium is less than 25 minutes.

Bus services

On the day of the concert, the 216 is the most frequent service which runs directly to the stadium. Some Might Say it’s an easy way to get to the Etihad. You'll find the service at the north side of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre. You'll find the service at the north side of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre.

The 53, 76, 217, 219, 230 and 231 bus services also serve the Etihad Stadium, most within a short stroll of the ground.


The Etihad Stadium is easily accessed on foot from all local areas so you may want to consider walking in the sunshiiiiiine and getting those steps in!

We are encouraging everyone who is within a 30-minute walk of the venue to make their journey to the concert on foot

There is a safe, well-lit and signposted walking route from Manchester Piccadilly Station to the stadium.

Follow the Etihad Campus banners and ‘City Link’ signs to the ground, with the walk taking approximately 25 minutes. Click here for the walking map.


Manchester is well served by rail, so why not beat the traffic and take the train!

The stadium is 10 minutes away on the tram from Piccadilly Station or why not take the short 20-minute stroll from the city centre.

Please remember to plan your journey in advance of the date by checking on the National Rail Website.

You can keep up to date on the latest Rail updates by following @nationalrailenq on Twitter.

Useful Links

We have brought together some links that can help plan your journey.