Manchester has a rich history when it comes to sport, and swathes of tourists visit the city each year to enjoy one of the many events taking place in the region. Whether it’s a Saturday afternoon watching the Premier League, or a relaxing day at the cricket, there is always something happening close by. With new events popping up each year, we take a look at three of the best Mancunian venues which regularly play host to some of these unbeatable events.
Old Trafford Cricket Ground
This iconic venue is a must-visit location for all sporting enthusiasts. The ground also plays hosts to a number of gigs, but it is synonymous with top-class cricket and has been hosting matches since 1857. Seven years after it first opened, it became the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club and that partnership remains intact to this day.
It is the second oldest test venue in the UK and has staged some of the sports most iconic moments. The Ashes will return later this year, after a successful stint here seven years ago, and the ICC Cricket World Cup comes back to Manchester for the first time in two decades.
It is close to public transport links with a Metrolink Tram stop located adjacent to the ground and it is also relatively straightforward to acquire tickets, particularly for County Cricket contests.
The Manchester Arena is one of the biggest venues in the region and hosts a variety of events throughout the year. As well as providing a platform for top-class comedy and music, the Arena also stages a number of sporting contests.
Those who are looking for something a little more niche should enjoy the Taekwondo World Championship which takes place at the end of May, while the finals of the Worlds Strongest Man is likely to provide a jaw-dropping experience in September.
One of the most popular sporting events to take place here is the Premier League of Darts. The competition takes in multiple European venues between February and May and the Arena has recently been added to the list.
The 2019 edition saw the outright favourite Michael Van Gerwen beaten by Daryl Gurney, while St.Helen’s-born Michael Smith was comprehensively beaten by Rob Cross. The former World Champion is now 4/1 in the latest Darts betting to pick up his first victory in the competition this season and he delighted the Manchester crowd with yet more high-quality throwing.
There’s always a raucous atmosphere whenever the PDC tour rolls into town and it is likely to be an unforgettable night for those who are lucky enough to attend.
The National Cycling Centre
Cycling certainly has its fair share of dedicated fans and many of them have already made a pilgrimage to Manchester to visit Britain’s first indoor Olympic cycling track.#bmxsupercross #worldcup pic.twitter.com/HGoFoVjuAj— ApprovedSA (@ApprovedSApts) April 25, 2019
It has been hosting top-class events for almost two decades and it is open seven days a week. When not being used for a competition, sessions are readily available for novice cyclists, who wish to emulate their heroes.
It also plays hosts to the BMX National Championships each March and there are even Futsal events held here twice a year.
Pros such as Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton have been seen at the National Cycling Centre and it’s a must-visit destination for all sports fans.
There are a number of superb sporting events held in the North West of England and Manchester plays host to the majority of them. There are a plethora of top-class sporting venues in the city and this trio of settings should be high on the list of any sports-mad visitor.