17 Reasons Why Manchester Is The UK Capital Of Sport

As the city prepares to welcome home Team GB...


Manchester is preparing to welcome back Britain's Olympic heroes on October 17th in what is sure to be a memorable homecoming. 

Why was Manchester chosen to host such a large scale event? Perhaps because it's the greatest sporting city the UK has ever known. 

Don't agree? Chow down on these 17 unquestionable reasons why Manchester is number one when it comes to sport in this country. 

1. Cycling

Team GB won an astonishing 12 cycling medals in Rio, the seeds of which were sown with years of training at the National Cycling Centre in the city. 

Six time gold medallist Jason Kenny is also a Mancunian, hailing from Farnworth. 

2. Rugby League

Not only does Manchester host the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford every year, the same stadium hosted the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Final when Australia beat New Zealand. 

3. Manchester City 

The four time English champions reside on the east side of the city.


4. Manchester United

While the three time European champions reside in the west. 

5. National Squash Centre

Manchester is the home of British Squash. The centre was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.


6. 2002 Commonwealth Games

281 events, 72 competing countries and territories, 17 sports. Millions watched on as Manchester hosted what was Britain's biggest multi-sport event until the 2012 Olympics. 

7. We've also hosted matches at the Cricket World Cup

1975, 1979 and 1983. Also home of Lancashire County Cricket Club 


8. And the Rugby World Cup

2015, at the Etihad Stadium.


9. As well as the Champions League and UEFA Cup finals

Old Trafford saw AC Milan beat Juventus in 2003 while the Etihad was the venue for Rangers defeat to Zenit St Petersburg in 2008. 

10. This happened in Manchester

England's most famous goal of the past 50 years.

11. National Taekwondo Centre 

Manchester is the home of British Taekwondo and the place where Olympic medalists Jade Jones, Lutalo Muhammad and Bianca Walkden sharpen their skills. 


12. Ricky Hatton 

The multiple world title-winning Hitman hails from Stockport 

13. Manchester Arena 

A hub of Manchester sports teams and individuals, the arena has hosted home games for Manchester Storm and Manchester Phoenix hockey teams as well as the Manchester Giants basketball team. 

As well as that, illustrious boxers such as Hatton, Mike Tyson, Amir Khan and Joe Calzaghe have contested bouts in venue. 


14. BBC Sport

Auntie Beeb houses its sport headquarters at MediaCityUK in Salford.


15. Rugby Union

Manchester is the home of English Premiership side Sale Sharks 


16. Danny Drinkwater 

Leicester City's unlikely Premier League winning midfielder hails from our great city. 


17. And finally, the country is gathering here to celebrate Team GB. Britain salutes you, Manchester! 


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Written By

James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.