Sports have played, and still play, an important role in the city of Manchester. Forming an integral part of the area’s history, Manchester is home to an unbelievable range of sporting events and activities, played at levels ranging from grass roots weekend leagues to the best professional teams in the world.
Fans of sports must also remember the sporting teams and individuals also playing and competing in the surrounding area, including Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Sport in Manchester has also been boosted by the development of the brilliant SportCity district, which is home to an amazing array of sporting facilities.
Two of the most famous football clubs in the UK currently reside in Manchester; making it one of the greatest footballing cities in history. Both Manchester United and Manchester City have seen great success in recent past and have a huge and loyal following. This is not just found in Manchester but is noted across the world.
The stadiums of the two respective teams are fantastically designed and hugely atmospheric. Both offer tours around their facilities – making them an ideal place to visit when travelling to Manchester. If this takes your fancy and you find yourself looking to book a hotel near Manchester City stadium, then the SportCity Travelodge hotel comes highly recommended.
Future sporting events
Due to Manchester’s successful bid to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the city saw much development and investment for brand new sporting facilities. As a result of this, facilities such as the City of Manchester Stadium, the Manchester Velodrome, the National Squash Centre and the Manchester Aquatics Centre underwent development. With the resounding success of the games, Manchester found itself able to support the aspirations of many young athletes and competitors as well as proving the inspiration for the London 2012 Olympic bid.
For those that enjoy sports, Manchester is in a great position to cater for a huge range of less popular activities. Motorcycle speedway racing has always been a popular spectator event in Manchester and has been hosted by four different venues since 1928.
It currently resides at the Belle Vue Speedway in Kirkmanshume Lane. The city also boasts two America Football sides, the Manchester Titans and the MMU Eagles; both of which compete at a high level in the British game.
Finally, Manchester also features a successful ice hockey team, known as the Manchester Phoenix, who play at a purpose built arena, the Altrincham Ice Dome, and receive much support from the local population.