Manchester City v RB Leipzig
- Etihad Stadium
- Wednesday 15 September 2021 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
- Impacted area(s)
Manchester city centre, Beswick, Clayton, Gorton, Openshaw, Ashton
Manchester City host RB Leipzig at the Etihad in their first Champions League match of the season (Kick off 8pm).
If you're travelling to watch the fixture our key advice is:
- Expect the roads around the ground and public transport to be busy from 5pm as people drive home from work and fans travel to the stadium. If you have to drive to the game, allow additional time for your journey.
- A six-minute service will be operating to the Etihad on the Ashton line but you should also consider walking to the ground if you are able to.
Please be aware if you are travelling on the night RB Leipzig supporters will potentially make their way to the Etihad Stadium by foot from their meeting point at Shambles Square (5.30pm approx.). It is likely they will make their way to the ground on the following route.
Due to them travelling in a large group, disruption to the highway is expected.
Metrolink services to the match
A fast and frequent tram service runs straight to the stadium’s dedicated tram stop Etihad Campus on the Ashton line.
The journey from Manchester Piccadilly station to the stadium takes less than 10 minutes.
After the game, trams will not serve Holt Town and Velopark until crowds have cleared from the Etihad Campus stop.
Supporters should use contactless for payments, it's a quick and easy way to pay. Just remember to touch in and out!
If you're travelling by Metrolink as a family, you can save money with our family travelcard which allows travel for one to three children (aged under 16) accompanied by one or two adults.
Not going to the match?
Please be aware that Metrolink services will be very busy between 5pm and 7.45pm before the match and from 9.30pm to 11pm after the match. This means it's likley you may have to queue to board a service at certain stops during this period.
If you want to avoid this, consider re-timing your journey to travel outside of these busiest times for a more comfortable journey.
Park and Ride
If you do need to drive to the match, we recommend using one of our Park and Ride sites where you can park for free and then complete your journey on the tram.
Park and Ride facilities will be open, are free and Metrolink services go direct to the Etihad Stadium.
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.
If you want to avoid the busy Metrolink services on the night, you may want to consider walking to the Etihad Stadium. It is easily accessed on foot from all local areas.
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.
On match day, the 216 is the most frequent service which runs directly to the stadium. You'll find the service at the north side of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre.
Services may be busy and you may prefer to walk to stadium which is only a 25 minute walk from the city centre.
At the end of the game, shuttle buses head towards Manchester city centre. They will be lined up on Ashton New Road opposite the South Stand.
Not going to the match?
If you're not heading to the game but are intending to catch the bus on the night, please consider re-timing your journey by travelling outside of the busiest times which will be from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
In addition to this, bus services travelling on the east side of the city could be further affected by the potential disruption caused by the away fan walk up from 5.30pm on the night.
Journey times will increase on Mancunian Way (eastbound), Ashton New Road, Ashton Old Road, Hyde Road and Alan Turing Way two hours before the match.
In addition to this, the following roads are likley to be affected should away supporters walk to the ground: Corporation Street, Shudehill, Thompson Street, Oldham Road, Great Ancoats, Old Mill Street, Cambrian Street and Ashton New Road.
If you’re travelling to the game or driving in the area take an alternative route or re-time your journey to before 4.30pm or after 7.30pm 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 match to allow pedestrians to leave.
Manchester is well served by rail, so why not beat the matchday traffic and take the train! Ashbury's is the closest station to the stadium and only a 15 minute walk. Journeys from Manchester Piccadilly only take five minutes.
The ground is also only a short walk (20 minutes) or Metrolink ride (10 minutes) from Piccadilly Station in 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.
At the Etihad Stadium there are more than 100 cycle racks for you to park your bike.
The Ashton cycleway is a completely traffic-free six-mile route which takes you along the canal towpath between Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester city centre via the National Cycling Centre and Etihad Stadium.
The path has been resurfaced to make it easy for cycling and has solar-powered lights to guide you in the dark.