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The Etihad Campus is a major sport, leisure, health, education and community development focused around 200 acres of reclaimed land in East Manchester.

Inspired by the vision of its two principal investors, Manchester City Council and Manchester City Football Club – as well as that of Etihad Airways, the estate’s exclusive sponsor since 2008 – the Etihad Campus is an ambitious and innovative regeneration project that is transforming and reinvigorating an historic part of Manchester, creating a new centre of gravity for the area and providing visitors and residents alike with exciting opportunities in sport, leisure, health, education and employment.


At the heart of the development is the recently expanded Etihad Stadium – a world-class, 55,000-seater football stadium and home to Manchester City FC. Originally the venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the stadium and its immediate neighbourhood have always provided a viable and sustainable home for sports and other large-scale events. 

The campus also incorporates the City Football Academy, the Club’s world-leading training facility, as well as a new 7,000-seater stadium where its Women’s and Youth team matches provide an opportunity for year-round football. 

In addition, the estate is home to British Cycling, National Squash, regional athletics, tennis and water polo, rugby league and the English Institute of Sport.

Health & Education

At the southern gateway of the campus is the Beswick Community Hub – a world class, sports and community hub developed specifically for, and in consultation with, local residents. Facilities include:

  • The Connell Sixth Form College, a Bright Future’s Educational Trust project offering A Level and BTEC courses to 600 local students
  • A new library
  • The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance, delivering excellence in professional sports science and medicine, and pioneering research into improvements in local community health and prosperity
  • A Leisure Centre with swimming pool, health and fitness suite and dance studio
  • A rugby pitch and new grass sports pitches.

Housing & Leisure

Less than 0.5 km to the west of the Etihad Campus is The Manchester Life Project, a major housing development intended to support the growth of the burgeoning Manchester economy. A Joint Venture between Manchester City Council and Abu Dhabi United Group (owners of Manchester City FC), the project will provide over 6,000 new homes in Ancoats and New Islington.

In addition to the leisure facilities that will be created on campus, Philips Park (which comprises 31 acres of municipal parkland) is adjacent at the Northeast corner, and Clayton Hall (a 15th Century Manor house and surrounding Park) lies about 0.25km to the East. 


The Etihad Campus is located 1.5km east of Manchester City Centre and has major road and public transport links, including four Metrolink tram stations. It is also within each reach of the M60 motorway (which connects to the rest of the country) and less than 10km from Manchester International Airport. 

Manchester itself is the UK’s second city – a vibrant, modern conurbation of around 3 million people, with the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan population outside London. With a significant industrial heritage, Manchester remains a centre of innovation. It also houses the largest higher education centre in Europe and is the UK’s centre of sporting excellence.

Importantly Manchester is situated at the centre of The Northern Powerhouse – a national, regional and local government-driven initiative designed to introduce the best connectivity, investment and innovation to the North of England. Along with the HS3 rail improvements, this will ensure that Manchester and its surrounding area can rival any city or region, anywhere in the world.