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Rival fans may have to stop using Manchester City nickname following new Etihad Stadium ticket development



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Manchester City tickets have been in high-demand over the last few months, and a new development has provided an update on the extent of such demand.

Pep Guardiola and his players further improved the club’s global appeal last season after achieving a historic treble, as well as the third successive Premier League triumph following competition from Arsenal in the division.

Manchester City claimed their first ever UEFA Champions League title in the process, defeating Inter in an Istanbul final that followed victories over the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid en route to Turkey.

Now, it appears as though the successes of last season have had a knock-on effect on the demand for Manchester City’s home tickets in the Premier League, with a new development revealing the extent of such demand.

According to a new report from the Manchester Evening News’ Simon Bajkowski, Manchester City have now sold out every ticket they have offered up for all 19 of their Premier League home games this season.

It is highlighted that the Premier League champions changed their ticketing policy this summer following consultation with fan group ‘City Matters’, subsequently making the majority of tickets for every home game available at the same time.

In a further detail, the Manchester Evening News reveal that matches against Manchester United, Arsenal, and six other Premier League teams sold out within the first 24 hours of those tickets becoming available.

However, Manchester City did take the decision to hold back some tickets for all home games to spread the cost for anyone wanting to attend multiple games, and as such will put a second and final wave of tickets on offer next month, according to the MEN.

Rival fans in the Premier League and further afield have often been swift to mock Manchester City for an alleged limited home support, referring to the Etihad Stadium as the ‘Empty-had’ in a lazy term developing from claims of reduced attendances in recent seasons.

Pep Guardiola however has often been keen to praise the effect of the atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium, while one Spanish newspaper labelled the reception within the stadium as one of the most fierce that Real Madrid had ever experienced, when they visited in the Champions League semi-finals last campaign.

City will return home for their first Champions League game of the new season when they welcome Red Star Belgrade on matchday one of the group stage of the competition – the Serbian outfit who are notorious for their intimidating home receptions.