Whether you’re here for some action or to honour a hero, Manchester is home to a wealth of sporting attractions. Of course it helps that the city is home to two of the world’s most famous football clubs and played host to the 2002 Commonwealth Games, giving rise to the elite-class Sportcity. So take your pick from cycling, gymnastics, athletics, tennis, squash and the beautiful game itself.
Nicknamed by Bobby Charlton the ‘theatre of dreams’, Old Trafford has been Manchester United’s ground since 1910 and is the biggest club stadium of any British football team. If you’re not here on matchday, do the next best thing - a guided tour of the stadium. You’ll even get a certificate to show that you’ve walked the tunnel and sat on the bench!
City of Manchester Stadium, as it’s still known to many fans, is a must-do destination whether you wave the City flag or not. The 48,000-seat venue was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It runs stadium tours from the press room to dressing room via the dugout along the way. There's even a Legend Tour, with a Man City legend as your host!
Home to British cycling, Manchester Velodrome is one of the world's fastest board tracks, and host to a string of international events. But it’s not just elite athletes who can enjoy the venue; there’s a programme of activities for everyone who wants to feel the speed. Next door to the velodrome, you’ll find the National Indoor BMX Arena, which also has something for novices, amateurs and professionals alike.
Manchester Sportcity lays claim to being home to the biggest concentration of sporting venues in Europe. It includes Manchester Velodrome, National Squash Centre, Regional Tennis Centre, Manchester Regional Arena and Etihad Stadium. While it’s a go-to destination for world-class events, Sportcity also has venues open to the public. So you can book a tennis court, pay as you go at the fitness studio or take the family biking around Philips Park.