Sports in the City of Manchester are an important part of the city's culture. SportCity in Manchester is a dedicated sport district in east Manchester for sports such as football, athletics and cycling. Facilities include the City of Manchester Stadium, the Manchester Velodrome and the National BMX Arena.
The city also hosts the annual Great Manchester Run which has been hosted since 2003 and has become one of the most popular 10 km runs in the UK. In addition, the city also hosts the annual Great City Games, featuring a 110m sprint track on Deansgate in Manchester city centre. The world's top athletes are invited and in 2009 Usain Bolt took part.
Manchester Rugby Club, was founded as the "Manchester Football Club" in 1860, eleven years before the formation of the Rugby Football Union, the club is one of the oldest rugby union clubs in the world. We also have Sale Sharks and Salford Reds.
The City of Manchester has its own Olympic-standard swimming pool in the Manchester Aquatics Centre which was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It is situated in the Manchester city centre and is now part of the University of Manchester.
Old Trafford cricket ground, located in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, was originally the home of Manchester Cricket Club, but became the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club in 1864 upon the club's formation. Built in 1856, the ground is on Talbot Road, Stretford.
The National Cycling Centre includes a velodrome, BMX Arena and Mountainbike trials and is the home of British Cycling, UCI ProTeam Team Sky and Sky Track Cycling. The Manchester Velodrome is the UK's first purpose-built indoor Cycling Velodrome, which was primarily built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It is situated near the City of Manchester Stadium in Sportcity.
Motorcycle speedway racing has been staged at four venues in Manchester. The first events were staged at the greyhound stadium in Kirkmanshume Lane in 1928 and was known as Belle Vue Speedway.
Manchester also has an ice hockey team called the Manchester Phoenix, which moved into a new purpose-built arena called the Altrincham Ice Dome in February 2007. The city was previously home to the Manchester Storm ice hockey club.