Football in Manchester
Football (soccer in the United States) is the reigning passion in Manchester. Locals support the local club, Manchester City, and glory seekers come from afar to root for Manchester United, based in neighboring Trafford. Matches for both clubs are usually sold out months in advance, though you have more of a chance with Manchester City.
Manchester City. This football club, a favorite with locals, plays at the City of Manchester Stadium. Rowsley St., SportCity, Manchester, M11 3FF. 0161/444–1894. www.mcfc.co.uk.
Manchester City Museum and Stadium Tours. Here you can see club memorabilia, visit the changing rooms, and go down the tunnel to pitch side. Excluding match days, there are tours daily between 10:30 and 3:30 (3 on Sunday). Rowsley St., SportCity, Manchester, M11 3FF. 0161/444–1894. www.mcfc.co.uk. £14.
Manchester United. One of the biggest clubs in soccer (and the world's second richest sports team, after Spainish club Real Madrid), Manchester United has home matches at Old Trafford. Sir Matt Busby Way, Trafford Wharf, Manchester, M16 0RA. 0161/868–8000. www.manutd.com.
Manchester United Museum and Tour. You can take a trip to the Theatre of Dreams at the Manchester United Museum and Tour, which tells the history of the football club. It's best to prebook the tour, which takes you behind the scenes, into the changing rooms and players' lounge, and down the tunnel. Take the tram to the Old Trafford stop and walk five minutes. No tours on match days. Sir Matt Busby Way, Trafford Wharf, Manchester, M16 0RA. 0161/868–8000. www.manutd.com. £18. Daily; times vary but generally 10–4:30; call or check schedule online.