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Metallica at the Etihad Stadium

Tuesday 18 June 2019

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Metallica perform at the Etihad Stadium as part of their Worldwired Tour on Tuesday 18 June.

Also taking place that day is England against Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Emirates Old Trafford.

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


We're excited to welcome Metallica fans to Manchester in June.

  • Doors at the Etihad Stadium open at 4pm.
  • Support comes from Bokassa at 5.15pm and Ghost at 6.15pm.
  • Metallica take to the stage at 7.50pm.
  • The concert will finish at 10.30pm.

Also taking place on the Tuesday is England v Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Emirates Old Trafford. The first ball is scheduled for 10.30am.

Public transport and roads will be significantly busier than usual because of these events, so please allow time for your journey.

Ways to get to the Etihad Stadium

Travel by tram, bus or on foot are the best ways to get to the Etihad.

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.


Journeys take around 10-15 minutes from Manchester city centre to Etihad Campus.

Tram services will be running before and after the concert.

For attendees travelling between Etihad Campus and stops on the Altrincham, East Didsbury or Airport lines, you should change at St. Peter’s Square for onward journeys in both directions.

Please note after the concert 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.


Metrolink operates a zonal fare system with Etihad Campus located in zone 2.

  • Travel from the city centre to the Etihad will require a zone 1+2 ticket.
    For an adult this will be £2.80 for a zone 1+2 single ticket or £3.40 for a zone 1+2 1-day travelcard (off-peak).
    A family 1-day travelcard for zones 1+2 (off-peak) will be £5 and covers groups of one to three children (under 16) travelling with one or two adults.

  • Fans who are boarding the tram for the Etihad between Ashton-under-Lyne and Cemetery Road will require a zone 2+3 ticket.
    A zone 2+3 ticket for an adult will be £2.40 single or £3 for a 1-day travelcard (off-peak).
    A family 1-day travelcard for zones 2+3 (off-peak) will be £4.70.

  • Event tickets will also be available from staff at Piccadilly, Piccadilly Gardens, and Market Street before the concert for £4 for an adult and £2 for a child (return) beating the queue at ticket machines and getting you there quicker.

  • Child tickets and concessionary fares for TfGM disabled pass holders are half adult prices (ID is required from age 11).

  • 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).

  • For further information and a full list of zones and ticket prices, visit the dedicated Metrolink ticket zone page.

  • You can find out more about purchasing Metrolink tickets by visiting the tickets and passes page.

  • 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.

Park and Ride

Metrolink customers can also use one of our Park and Ride sites 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.


If you are travelling by bus to Etihad you can catch the following services from the city centre direct to the ground: 216, 217, 230, 231 and frequent shuttle buses from Piccadilly Gardens.

For live updates on these services please follow Stagecoach on twitter.

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.

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.

Even if you are not travelling to the Etihad, you should be aware that journey times for some bus passengers may be longer due to additional traffic. Passengers should allow more time for journeys.


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

The route is clearly signposted and stewards will also be on hand to direct you.

It is approximately 1.5 miles from Piccadilly Station to the stadium and should take no more than 30 minutes to walk. You will be able to take the same route at the end of the concert.


Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Fans can connect to onward tram services from Victoria and Piccadilly.

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:

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.


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

Major road improvement works are taking place on Regent Road, one of the busiest routes in and out of Manchester and Salford.

Please note that a road closure operates immediately after the event to allow pedestrians to leave the Etihad Stadium safely. This is in place for approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the event.

This is, however, subject to GMP approval and may be in place for longer than stated above. Roads affected by the closure are as follows:

  • 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

Follow @OfficialTfGM for live travel information throughout the day.


Pay on the day car parking is available at the stadium in the Blue Car Park’s G & H, accessed from Alan Turing Way (Gate 2).

Parking prices are as follows:

  • Car - £10
  • Coach and minibus – free of charge
  • Motorbike – free of charge

You can find out more information regarding parking on the Manchester City website.

A resident parking scheme is in place in the streets around the Etihad Stadium and this is strictly enforced and identified through on-street signage. Please do not park in these areas as you will be fined and your vehicle may be clamped or removed.

Greater Manchester’s free Park and Ride facilities will 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.


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.

For access information related to the concert, please visit Manchester City's dedicated webpage.

Accessible parking

Visitors who have purchased accessible tickets through the venue can also request to purchase parking. There are limited spaces available for each concert night and are sold on a first come first served basis.

Please contact Manchester City's Access Team on +44 (0)161 444 1894 (option 1, 2, 2) to discuss further.

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 event by advising people of what they can do to make their journey easier
  • Liaising with transport operators and Greater Manchester Police during the match day operation.
  • 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 UTC Engineers can optimise traffic flows by altering signal timings.
  • Providing travel advice and easy to follow maps for all major events.