Manchester City v Southampton

Manchester City v Southampton


Etihad Stadium
Saturday 18 September 2021 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Impacted area(s)

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

Manchester City host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday 18 September (Kick-off 3pm).

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 1.30pm as fans travel to the stadium. If you have to drive to the game, allow additional time for your journey.
  • In addition to this, Blossoms are also performing at the AO Arena in the evening (doors open 6pm). This means that roads around the city centre are likley to remain busy following the end of the match.
  • A six-minute Metrolink 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.

Metrolink services to the match

Services operate to 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 touch-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 busier between 1pm and 3pm before the match and from 5pm to 6.30pm after the match. It's likley you may have to queue to board a service at certain stops during this period.

If you are able to, consider travelling outside of these busiest times for a more comfortable journey.

Park and Ride

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.


The Etihad Stadium is easily accessed on foot from all local areas.

We are encouraging everyone who is within 30 minutes of the stadium to make their journey to the match 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.

Bus services

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 are expected to be busier from 1.30pm prior to and after 5pm following the game. You you may prefer to walk to stadium which is only a 25 minute walk from the 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.


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.

If you’re travelling to the game or driving around the local area, take an alternative route or re-time your journey to before 1pm or after 5pm to avoid the delays.

The Blossoms are also performing at the AO Arena on the night following the match so it's likley that there will be an increase in the usual match day traffic post game.

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.

Official car parks

Supporters should be aware that all official car park spaces have to be booked in advance. Parking is now sold out for the Southampton fixture. Please click here for further information.


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.

Useful Links

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