Published on August 5th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
MCFC Supporters Club does the ‘Ultimate Football Day Out’
Manchester City have launched an exclusive tour offering the ‘Ultimate Football Day Out’ – and MCFC Supporters Club were there to get a sneak peak!
In a first for Manchester, the club’s unique tour gives sports fans the opportunity to experience both Manchester City’s iconic home ground, the Etihad Stadium, and the home of 150 years of football history, the National Football Museum.
The experience encompasses a 90-minute, behind-the-scenes, guided tour of the Etihad Stadium as well as a visit to the National Football Museum, which includes access to their Football+ attractions.
On this occasion our tour started at the Etihad Stadium, however it can be tailored to start at either venue.
After a brief introduction from our tour guide, our first top was was a small exhibit on the top floor of the City store, which contained several items of priceless City memorabilia.
We were then escorted outside and made our way to the stadium, along the way we made a couple of stops at City Square and the Commonwealth Games tribute, before arriving at the Colin Bell stand’s main entrance.
Once inside, we had a look at the Chairman’s Lounge (where Khaldoon Al Mubarak usually stops before the game) followed by a Premium seating section on the second tier – which boasts “the best seats in the house”, according to our guide.
We then moved down a tier and visited the media zone, the away and home team dressing rooms, the player’s tunnel, and finally the pitch side. These were definitely my favourite parts of the tour.
It’s also worth mentioning that throughout the entire tour our guide was extremely helpful, he was more than happy to answer any questions people had and told several anecdotes along the way which added a great personal touch.
We were then transported over to the National Football Museum in Manchester City Centre and arrived in great time, before we knew it we were already onto the next part of our tour.
We had a new guide for this section of the tour and were delighted that he was just as informative and helpful as the first. It’s worth mentioning that only group tours of 12-15 or more include a guided tour of the Museum, so if you book them as an individual or smaller group it won’t be included. A good way of ensuring that the guided tour is a part of your experience is to go with groups of families and / or friends and book as one.
We started on the ground floor where we were told about the Hall of Fame and then shown some of the Football+ attractions that were on show – one which caught our eye in particular was the opportunity to have a picture with a replica Premier League trophy.
We then took an elevator up to the first floor, which was an experience in itself because of the unusual shape of the Urbis building (you can just about see it on the far right of the above picture).
The first floor was home to the main section of the museum and boasted a huge collection of sporting memorabilia. What impressed me was the sheer quantity of items on show, not only from British football, but also on the international level – you really could spend all day there!
There were also several references to Manchester City’s history throughout the tour which was a great touch. After being showing around some of the “highlights” of the museum by our guide, we then watched a short video which showed a glimpse into what a month of being a footballer was like.
For the final part of the tour we were allowed to roam freely around the museum, which give us a chance to experience some of the Football+ attractions on offer and have a look at the other floors. The third floor is currently home to the 1966 World Cup Exhibition which celebrates England’s success that year and runs until April next year.
Overall I was very impressed with the whole experience and was pleasantly surprised with the level of detail put into making the experience as memorable as possible.
If you’d like to find out more about the tours Manchester City currently has on offer, please visit www.mancity.com/tours