Maine Road was the home of Manchester City for eighty years.
Located in Manchester’s infamous Moss Side district, the stadium held the distinction of hosting English football’s highest attendance for a club in their normal home stadium. The occasion was an FA Cup sixth-round tie against Stoke City in 1934 when 84,569 spectators squeezed in to see City snatch a 1-0 victory.
By the time Maine Road closed, it had a very disjointed and haphazard look after many different stages of renovation and complying with safety laws. Upon its closure, Maine Roads’ capacity was down to 33,150.
Many who stood on it, will remember the large Kippax terrace that used to run down the length of the stadium opposite the main stand. This terrace alone accounted for 18,300 of the stadium’s capacity and was the one where City’s more vocal fans congregated. In 1994 the Kippax terrace was replaced by a new three-tier seating area that towered over the rest of the stadium.
During its lifespan, Maine Road played host to FA Cup semi-finals, Charity Shield games, a League Cup Final and even England home games. In 1996, Maine Road also hosted a couple of famous concerts by Oasis, who are big fans of the club.
The last league game to be played at Maine Road, on the 11th May 2003, resulted in a 0-1 defeat for the home side against Southampton in the Premier League.
Maine Road was completely demolished by 2004.