City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England, now named the Etihad Stadium because of sponsorship, is a football stadium. The stadium was used as the home of Manchester City football club since 2003. Initially the stadium was built as the venue for the Commonwealth Games 2002.
Stadium name changed to Etihad Stadium since July 2011 for the purpose of sponsorship. The stadium is the fifth largest stadium in the Premier League and the twelfth largest in the United Kingdom with a capacity of 47 726 seats.
The first football match at the stadium was a friendly match between Manchester City and Barcelona on August 10, 2003. Manchester City won the game 2-1, and Nicolas Anelka scored the first goal at the stadium.
Four days later the first competitive match was the UEFA Cup match between Manchester City and Wales Premier League side The New Saints, City won the game by a score of 5-0 and Trevor Sinclair scored the first competitive goal at the Etihad Stadium. The first home game Manchester City in the Premier League was held on August 23, 2003 against Portsmouth with a 1-1 draw, and Pompey player, Yakubu Aiyegbeni scored the first league goal in Etihad Stadium