Other clubs should take note of Manchester City’s latest supporter-focussed initiative unveiled this week, some have stated on social media upon the release of news.
It is the latest impressive move from the Abu Dhabi-owned side, as they continue to put fan experience and Etihad Stadium improvements at the heart of their future-planning to keep themselves at the forefront of the sport.
The home of Pep Guardiola’s side has seen numerous changes since Sheikh Mansour completed his purchase of the club in 2008, including the construction of a state-of-the-art training centre and expansion of the arena’s South Stand.
Now, Manchester City have finalised and unveiled plans to further improve the range of transportation methods available for supporters travelling to and from the Etihad Stadium on matchdays.
As first reported by Mike Minay, Manchester City have launched a trial scheme for a bus network to games at the Etihad Stadium, featuring 17 routes and 60 stops across the Greater Manchester region.
It has been confirmed that Manchester City’s brand new scheme will start from their home contest with Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea on Saturday 17 February, with zones in line with the region’s Metrolink tram system and priced at between £6 and £8 return.
Reacting to the launch of the scheme, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham stated, “This is an exciting trial that will give Manchester City FC fans another option for getting to and from matches at the Etihad in an affordable, convenient, safe and sustainable way.”
Burnham continued, “This month we have already introduced a new six-minute Metrolink service between the city centre and Etihad Campus – and this new partnership between TfGM and Manchester City Football Club demonstrates a wider vision for helping people travel to one of the city’s most iconic sporting venues.
“This is what the Bee Network and our plans for public transport in Greater Manchester are all about, giving people good options for the journeys they need to make – including when going to cheer on the Treble winners!”
Those reacting to the news on social media have been keen to praise Manchester City for their supporter care, and catering for increased transportation methods on offer to fans, with some calling for other clubs to follow suit.
One user reacting on X said, “That’s actually incredible, well done City,” while another stated, “Damn, this is a fat W. Other clubs should take notes.”
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