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The Etihad Stadium is home to Manchester City, one of the city's much beloved football clubs (or soccer teams to Americans). This stadium is one of the U.K.'s largest, with the capacity to seat 55,000 rowdy spectators. If you're able to view a match, be sure to wear a light blue shirt, and don't even think about badmouthing the home team – Manchester City fans are a very loyal bunch. They're also very fond of their stadium. But if you can't make a game, you could stop by for a 70-minute guided tour that takes you behind the scenes from the media conference room to the entrance tunnel and includes high-tech audio and visual components.

Past visitors praised the tour and their guides and highly recommended it for football fans. They especially loved seeing the locker rooms and the player tunnel.

The stadium is open for exploration seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices for watching a football match vary by seat and the game. Tickets for the stadium tour cost 25 pounds (about $33) for adults, 15 pounds (about $20) for children 5 to 18 and are free for kids 5 and younger. The stadium is accessible via the Etihad Campus Metrolink tram stop. For more information on upcoming games and ticket prices or to book a tour, visit the Etihad Stadium website.

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