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Foo Fighters at the Etihad Stadium

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Foo Fighters

What’s happening

The Foo Fighters will perform at the Etihad Stadium as part of their Concrete and Gold tour on Tuesday 19 June.

With around 50,000 fans expected to attend, roads and public transport are expected to be busier than usual on these dates.

Transport, including Metrolink, bus and road journeys in the area, is expected to be affected from 4pm onwards. If you are travelling by road please note that there are some road closures and other events that could affect your journey. Please see the Roads section for the relevant information.

Industrial action is likely to cause significant disruption to rail services provided by Northern on this day.

A number of Northern services are expected to not run and any that do operate, working to a revised timetable, will be extremely busy. There will be no Northern trains after 7pm. You can see what services are running on Northern’s website.

The travel advice on this page should help you to plan your journey and make travel easier.

You can find out more information on the Concrete and Gold tour here.


Event

  • Doors at the Etihad Stadium open at 4.30pm.

  • First support act (The Cribs) - 5.30pm

  • Second support act (Wolf Alice) – 6.30pm

  • Foo Fighters - 8pm - 10.45pm

  • Ends - 10.45pm

For further information about the venue and the event itself, please check the Etihad Website.


Ways to get to the Etihad

Travel by tram, bus and walking is the best way to get to the Etihad.

Greater Manchester’s park and ride map facilities will all be open and provide convenient connections to the Etihad allowing you complete your journey by public transport.

If you cannot avoid driving to the concert you can car share and help reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road. Parking is available around the ground at certain locations. You can find out more information regarding parking on the Manchester City website.

Follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day.


Useful maps


Roads

Travel by tram, bus and walking is the best way to get to the Etihad.

The busiest times on the road network will be prior to doors opening. Roads are expected to be affected from 3pm onwards in the surrounding area and the wider road network.

So even if you are not travelling directly in to the city centre, please be aware that the surrounding areas will still be affected.

Greater Manchester’s park and ride map facilities will all be open and provide convenient connections to the Etihad allowing you complete your journey by public transport.

If you cannot avoid driving to the Etihad, you can car share and help reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road.

Parking is available around the ground at certain locations. You can find out more information regarding parking on the Manchester City website.

Follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day.


Metrolink

Journeys take around 10-15 minutes from Manchester city centre. If you are travelling to the Etihad or just around the area, please plan ahead and consider the time you travel. The busiest times will be prior to doors opening at 4.30pm and after the concert finishes at 10.45pm. All stops are fully accessible.

For customers travelling between Etihad Campus and stops on the Altrincham, East Didsbury or Airport lines should interchange at St. Peter’s Square for onward journeys in both directions. Metrolink staff will be on hand at some city centre stops to assist customers with their journeys.

Please note after the concert has finished trams will not serve Holt Town and Velopark until crowds have cleared from the Etihad Campus stop. This is to ensure the safe movement of customers and trams following the concert.

Tickets

  • Event tickets are available from staff at Piccadilly, Piccadilly Gardens, Market Street, Victoria and St. Peter’s Square before the concert and at Etihad Campus after the concert for £4 beating the queue at ticket machines and getting you there quicker.
  • Alternatively a day travelcard is £5.40 for an adult, £2.70 for a child and £6.70 for a family, for travel across the network all day. You can find out more about purchasing Metrolink tickets by visiting the tickets and passes page.
  • You can buy a ticket on the day from the ticket machines on all stop platforms or on your smartphone via the get me there app (Google Play and Apple App stores).
  • Find out more about a combination train and tram day return ticket
  • You must have a valid ticket before you board a tram. Please be aware that ticket checks take place across the network.

General travel advice

City centre stops and Piccadilly Station are likely to be very busy in the lead up to the concert, so please plan ahead and allow plenty of time for your journey.

Metrolink customers can also use one of our park and rides for free. Locations near to the Etihad Stadium are:
- Ashton Moss with 200 spaces (Alexandria Drive, Ashton, OL6 7UB)
- Ashton West with 194 spaces (Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton, OL7 0PG)
Please note the park and ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers during the hours of service.

Map showing all park and ride locations.


Park and ride

You can avoid the traffic by parking at one of the following tram stops and using Metrolink.

Car parking here is free if you travel by tram:

  • Ashton Moss with 200 spaces (Alexandria Drive, Ashton, OL6 7UB)
  • Ashton West with 194 spaces (Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton, OL7 0PG)

Please note the park and ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers during the hours of service.


Bus

If you are travelling by bus to Etihad you can catch the following services from the city centre direct to the ground: 216, 217, 231 and frequent shuttle buses.

The busiest times on the road network will be prior to the doors opening. Roads are expected to be affected from 4pm onwards in the surrounding area and the wider road network.

So even if you are not travelling directly in to the city centre, please be aware that the surrounding areas will still be affected which may result in a longer journey time.

You can plan your bus journey by using the TfGM journey planner.

If you are not travelling to the Etihad, but are planning on using public transport, you should consider the following:

  • Journey times for some bus passengers may be longer due to additional traffic. Passengers should allow more time for journeys.
  • Bus operators will always have the latest information about their services. Follow them on Twitter or get their contact details in advance @stagecoachGM, @FirstManchester.

Train

Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria. Fans can connect to onward tram services from both stations. If you’re travelling into the city centre by rail you can purchase a Metrolink add-on to your rail ticket allowing onward travel to the stadium by tram.

The following companies operate into Manchester:

  • Northern
  • TransPennine Express
  • Virgin Trains
  • Cross Country
  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • East Midlands

Industrial action is likely to cause significant disruption to rail services provided by Northern on this day. Please check your journey before you travel.

A number of Northern services are expected to not run and any that do operate, working to a revised timetable, will be extremely busy. There will be no Northern trains after 7pm.

You can see what services are running on Northern’s website.

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times on the National Rail website before you travel.

National Rail will always have the latest information on rail services. Follow them on Twitter in advance of your journey @nationalrailenq.


Walking and cycling

The Etihad is only a 20 minute walk from the city centre, so walking and cycling are good options to get to and from the concert. Cycle parking facilities are provided at the venue.
- Use this handy walking route map to see the quickest routes.


Making travel easier

TfGM is aiming to make travel easier by:

  • Providing additional support on social media channels @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day.
  • Helping to raise awareness of the road closures associated with the concert by advising people of what they can do to make their journey easier
  • Liaising with transport operators and Greater Manchester Police during the concert dates.
  • Working with Metrolink to add extra capacity when it’s needed, especially at peak periods on the busiest lines.
  • Enhanced monitoring at its network control centre so traffic flows can be optimised by altering signal timings.
  • Providing travel advice and easy to follow maps for each of the concert dates.

Accessibility

Greater Manchester has a good public transport network. The accessibility of services is improving, but some parts of the network contain obstacles for disabled people.

We have a dedicated webpage to help those with accessibility issues.