As Premier League football returns to the home of the Champions with Saturday’s visit of Brighton and Hove Albion, the facilities and food off the pitch at the Etihad Stadium are set to be as slick and sublime as the football supplied by Pep Guardiola’s men on it.
During the summer, the City Matters group have worked closely with the Club to introduce new features and improvements, providing feedback and suggested changes to the match-day experience.
The changes, which include additional service terminals, portable beer carts, a table service app and more, aim to reduce queues and enable more catering choices for fans.
Last season, fast-pour beer jets were installed for trial in Level 1 and following positive feedback, another 5 of these have now been introduced.
Following feedback from City Matters, portable beer carts will also be introduced in Level 1 later this season to reduce the queues for kiosks.
We have also discounted the price of Heineken draught beer by 50p and have extended the discounts available to Cityzens card holders, who will now receive a 10% discount on all food and beverages purchased.
Meanwhile, in the Commonwealth and 1894 bars as well as Joe’s, we have introduced a table service app for pre-order drinks at half-time.
The Commonwealth Bar will be upgraded to offer a bistro menu too and a half-time snack booth will also be available.
The Club has worked to improve the food quality across the stadium, delivering better quality at the same price for our supporters.
Burger patties have increased from 4oz to 6oz, pies will increase in size by 100-125 grams and a range of vegan products have also been introduced.
Commenting on the improvements, City Matters representatives said: "City Matters has met regularly with the Club to discuss catering over the last season and the summer, and it is encouraging that the Club is willing to listen to fan feedback on items including pricing and food quality.
“The increase in size and improvement in quality of food items and the reduction in the price of beer is something fans have long been asking for.
We look forward to continuing our work with the Club to introduce further improvements over the coming season"