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Manchester Aquatics Centre, Manchester

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The Manchester Aquatics Centre is a public aquatics sports facility south of the centre of Manchester, England, north of the main buildings of the University of Manchester, and near the Manchester Metropolitan University. It was purpose–built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and cost £32 million to build. Before it was built, for many years its site was open waste ground left by demolishing inner-city industrial terrace houses.The building was designed by Faulkner Brown. The building takes the approximate shape of an asymmetric trapezoidal prism, and from the outside the roof resembles a wave. Construction started in August 1996, and was completed in July 2000, with finishing touches made in September 2001. MAC hosts many swimming and water polo events but also hosts Lancashire County Championships and Age group North west Regionals for swimming. It was opened on 12 October 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II.
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  • I've been regular visitor for the last 10 years. Since BETTER company took it over, swimming in this place gets only worse. Half of swimming lines are usually closed and stay empty while crowds of swi...  more »
  • No showers to wash - only mixed ones. No soap. No footbaths. So everyone goes in the pool with sweaty feet and bums, without showering. You can smell the sweaty man next to you, and he gets right in. ...  more »
  • I've used the centre for four years and they have always been unable to deliver a simple service. Life guards are often late and incorrectly positioned, delaying the start of our sessions and potentia...  more »
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  • Great family swim. Eldest loves the big slides at the end. Great fun. Can fill quickly so get there at start of sessions.
  • Worse swimming pool I've ever been. You are out of luck if you are just a casual swimmer. The priorities are clubs and events. You are always in crowded lanes and if there happens to be less people swimming they reduce the number of available lanes so they keep the low priority swimmers as crowded as before. Staff doesn't care much.A few times they've closed earlier in the day, claiming there was an event that day, despite the website showing there was an event earlier on the day but no timetable change in the evening.
  • Opinion based on occasionally going to swim as pay as you go client. Good centre, cleaned and value for money If you want to properly swim you want to use the deep water and not the shallow lanes. Call and ask when available, certainly after h20
  • Got asked to leave because I'm not a good enough swimmer. The pool for my ability level of swimmers was closed. I was looking at the gym but it didn't seem to have sprays or blue rool for wiping it down about. Also a very strange shape. The rowing machines not with the cardio equipment?
  • We come here for the baby pool as I have several small children who love being able to walk around the pool themselves which they cant do in most pools, it has always been warm ( you can always ring ahead and ask) the price is great. The slides rarely on but doesn't affect me they like the two small slides. The family changing rooms are very handy especially the play pens to stop babies escaping whilst you dress! They have locks for your pram I haven't used it but looks safe enough, have never spoken to staff except at the reception when paying so seem nice enough