Old Trafford Stadium - Manchester United Tickets

Old Trafford Stadium - Opening: 1910 - Capacity: 75,811 seats

Manchester United FC's world-famous home ground is Old Trafford.

 Man United has indicated that a further expansion from their current capicity of 75,811 seats to 95,000 seats remains a possibility.

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Old Trafford's address is Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RA.

Man United previously played their home matches at a 50,000-stadium at Bank Street, when then president Davies began planning for a new stadium with twice that capacity.

The current site was chosen near Trafford Park industrial estate.

architect Archibald Leitch was appointed to design the stadium.

Old Trafford officially opened February 19, 1910 with a match between Manchester and Liverpool (3-4). The stadium at that time consisted of one covered seating stand and open terraces on the other three sides. Capacity was slightly over 80,000.

A new roof was constructed over the United Road terrace in 1934.

In 1939, Old Trafford recorded its highest attendance ever - 76,962 - during an FA Cup semi-final match between Wolves and Grimsby Town.

Due to its proximity to Trafford Park industrial estate, Old Trafford got heavily damaged by German air raids during World War 2. It took eight years to rebuild the stadium, the delays being caused by limited post-war resources.

During that time United played at  Maine Road, the ground of "noisy-neighbors"  rivals Manchester City.

In 1949, United moved back to a reconstructed, though smaller, Old Trafford.

The complete renovation of the United Road (North) Stand was not finished until around 1960. This stand also held the first private boxes to be constructed at a British ground.

Old Trafford was one of the playing venues of the 1966 World Cup, during which it hosted three group matches. 

Through the 1970s and 1980s more improvements were made to Old Trafford, including new and better cover, increased seating areas, and improved executive facilities. At the same time, however, the rise of fans' mischief, resulted in the installation of security fences separating the stands from the pitch.

In the early 1990s, plans were made to convert the stadium into an all-seater. This involved the demolition and replacement of the famous Stratford End terraces and the placement of seats in the lower-tiers of the other stands.

Old Trafford got selected to be one of the playing venues of the 1996 European Championships, and as a result a new North Stand opened in 1995. By the start of Euro 1996, the stadium could hold about 56,000 fans.

During the Euro 1996 tournament, Old Trafford hosted three group matches, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between the Czech Republic and France (0-0).

In 2006, the stadium reached its current capacity when stands got built in the upper-tier corners on both sides of the North Stand.

Old Trafford hosted its only European final in 2003, when the Champions League Final was fought between Milan and Juventus (0-0).

Old Trafford’s South Stand remains the only two-tiered stand of the stadium, but expansion possibilities are limited due to the railway line that runs behind the stand. 

In 2011, the stadium’s North Stand got renamed Alex Ferguson Stand in honour of the club’s long-time manager. A bronze statue will be build there as a tribute to Fergie.

Directions

Old Trafford is located just over 2 miles south-west from Manchester’s city centre, and just under 3 miles from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

If arriving by car from the M60, take junction 7&8 and turn onto Chester Road (A56) northbound. Follow Chester Road for about 2 miles and turn left onto Sir Matt Busby Way (access closed on matchdays).

If using public transport, the stadium is best reached by Metrolink overground metro. From Piccadilly Station it is a 15-minute ride to Old Trafford station, which lies a 5-minute walk away from the stadium.

On matchdays a special train service is provided from most Manchester city centre stations to Old Trafford Stadium rail station.

Address:  Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RA

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