The City of Manchester is known for its rich football history, and Manchester City Football Club has been at the forefront of this legacy. In 2023, the club achieved a remarkable feat, securing five prestigious trophies – the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. Now, fans in the UAE have a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these historic trophies at City Challenge, an interactive experience in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi. In this article, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of this exciting event, where football enthusiasts can witness the ‘Big Five’ and immerse themselves in an array of engaging activities and challenges.
‘THE BIG FIVE’ TROPHY DISPLAY
Where: City Challenge in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi
When: 20-22 January 2024
- Saturday 20th January: 1 pm – 4 pm
- Sunday 21st January: 1 pm – 4 pm
- Monday 22nd January: 4 pm – 6 pm
Unveiling ‘The Big Five’
City Challenge, Manchester City’s newly launched interactive experience in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, will be the epicentre of football excitement from Saturday, January 20, to Monday, January 22, 2024. During this weekend extravaganza, fans will have the chance to focus on all five trophies that the club clinched in the glorious year of 2023.
The Premier League Trophy
The Premier League, often regarded as one of the most competitive football leagues in the world, witnessed Manchester City’s dominance in 2023. The trophy will be on display, showcasing the club’s excellence in domestic football.
The FA Cup Trophy
The FA Cup, steeped in tradition and history, is a highly coveted prize in English football. Manchester City’s triumph in this tournament will be celebrated as fans gaze upon this illustrious trophy.
The Champions League Trophy
The UEFA Champions League is the pinnacle of European club football, and Manchester City’s victory in this prestigious competition was a crowning achievement. The Champions League trophy will undoubtedly be a centrepiece of the exhibition.
The Super Cup Trophy
The UEFA Super Cup is a clash between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League. Manchester City’s win in this contest adds another layer of glory to their 2023 campaign, and fans will have the chance to marvel at this trophy.
The FIFA Club World Cup Trophy
The FIFA Club World Cup is a global showdown of club champions. Manchester City’s triumph on the international stage will be commemorated with the display of this coveted trophy, making it a must-see for football aficionados.
Exclusive Viewing Schedule
To accommodate fans’ busy schedules, the trophies will be available for viewing during specific time slots:
- Saturday and Sunday (1 pm to 4 pm): Fans can start their weekends by exploring ‘The Big Five’ and capturing unforgettable memories.
- Monday (4 pm to 6 pm): The exhibition extends into Monday evening, giving fans a final opportunity to bask in the glory of Manchester City’s achievements.
A Historic First for UAE Fans
This event marks a historic moment for football enthusiasts in the UAE. It will be the first time that fans in the region witness Manchester City’s FIFA Club World Cup trophy, which holds a special place in the club’s illustrious history. Alongside this prized possession, the four other trophies secured by the club in 2023 will also be on display, creating a truly unique experience.
City Challenge: Beyond the Trophies
In addition to the awe-inspiring trophies, City Challenge offers interactive entertainment and exploration for Cityzens and football enthusiasts. Let’s delve into the captivating features of this attraction:
Immersive Environment Inspired by the Etihad Stadium
City Challenge has been meticulously designed to replicate the vibrant atmosphere of the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City’s home ground. As fans enter this immersive environment, they’ll find themselves transported to the heart of the action, creating a sense of connection with their beloved club.
Exploring the Club’s Glorious History
For fans who want to delve deeper into the club’s history, City Challenge offers a captivating journey through Manchester City’s illustrious past. From iconic moments to legendary players, this exhibition is a treasure trove of memories.
One of the City Challenge highlights is the opportunity for visitors to test their physical and mental skills through various interactive challenges. These challenges allow fans to step into their football heroes’ boots, experiencing the beautiful game’s thrill and pressure.
Visit the City Store by PUMA
Football merchandise enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either. City Challenge includes visiting the City Store, operated by PUMA, where fans can grab official Manchester City gear and memorabilia to commemorate their experience.
A Message from Nuria Tarre
Nuria Tarre, Chief Marketing and Fan Experience Officer at City Football Group expressed her excitement about this unique event, stating, “2023 will go down as a year that Manchester City fans will never forget. With so many historic moments for the club, we are delighted to share this success with our supporters here in the UAE, including the most recent Club World Cup win as the trophy is displayed for the first time by the Club in the region this weekend.”
She added, “We hope our fans enjoy getting up close to ‘The Big Five’ this weekend, in addition to visiting the new experience-based destination, City Challenge.”
Manchester City’s ‘Big Five’ trophies on display at City Challenge in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, promise an unforgettable experience for football enthusiasts. As fans revel in the glory of the club’s historic achievements in 2023, they can immerse themselves in an interactive world inspired by the Etihad Stadium. Whether you’re a die-hard Cityzen or a casual football fan, this exhibition is a must-visit destination. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness history and create lasting memories at City Challenge.