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Old Trafford: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

Old Trafford opened its doors on February 19th, 1910 with a match between Manchester United and Liverpool. The stadium at that time consisted of one covered seating stand and open terraces on the other three sides. At the time, capacity was slightly over eighty thousand people.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

Construction began in 1925 and the stadium opened on April 30, 1927. In the first decade of the 20th century, Manchester United began planning to build a new stadium with double its current capacity. A site was chosen near Trafford Park industrial estate, and architect Archibald Leitch was appointed to design it. Construction began in 1925 and the stadium opened on April 30, 1927. Old Trafford officially opened on February 19th, 1910 with a match between Manchester and Liverpool. The stadium at that time consisted of one covered seating stand and open terraces on the other three sides. The capacity was slightly over 80,000.

No changes were made to the stadium until the construction of a roof over the United Road terrace in 1934.

The stadium has seen some of the most famous matches in English football history and remains one of the most popular in the world.

Due to its close 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, and during that time United played at Maine Road, the ground of rivals Manchester City.

In 1949, Manchester United moved back to a reconstructed, though smaller, Old Trafford. In the following decades, incremental improvements were made to the stadium, culminating in the complete renovation of the United Road (North) Stand in the 1960s. 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. At that time, it had a capacity of around 60,000 people.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Old Trafford got gradually improved with new and better cover, increased seating areas, and improved executive facilities. However, at the same time, the rise of hooliganism also resulted in the installation of security fences separating the stands from the pitch.

The Stretford End terraces were demolished and replaced with seats in the lower tiers of the other stands in order to convert the stadium into an all-seater.

The Old Trafford stadium was chosen to be one of the playing venues of the 1996 European Championships, and as a result, a new North Stand opened in 1995. The stadium was able to hold about 56,000 fans during Euro 1996.

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

After years of construction, second tiers were added to the East and West Stand, each raising capacity by 6,000.

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

Old Trafford hosted its only European final in 2003. It was between the Champions League final between Milan and Juventus and it was played at Old Trafford.

The stand was built in 1997 and has a capacity of 20,000. In 2011, the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand at the stadium was renamed in honour of the club's long-time manager. The stand was built in 1997 and has a capacity of 20,000.

Old Trafford's South Stand remains the only two-tiered stand at the stadium, but expansion possibilities are limited because of the railway line that runs behind the stand. While Manchester United has indicated that a further expansion to 95,000 seats remains a possibility, no concrete plans exist at this time.

(photos of the present Old Trafford below)

How to get to Old Trafford

Old Trafford is south-west of Manchester's city centre and north-west of Manchester Piccadilly Station. If arriving by car from the M60, take junction 7&8 and turn onto Chester Road (A56) northbound. Turn left onto Sir Matt Busby Way when access is closed on matchdays.

Public transport is the best way to get to the stadium. Metrolink overground metro from Piccadilly Station will take you 15 minutes to Old Trafford station, where you will then be a 5-minute walk away from the stadium.

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

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

Eat, drink, and sleep near Old Trafford

Old Trafford is located in an area which is a mix of residential housing and offices and light industry. The lack of excitement around the area may be a deterrent for some people, but there are plenty of hotels close by if you need to stay near the stadium. Hotel Football Manchester is backed by a number of former United players and receives great reviews. Chester Hotel, Victoria Warehouse Hotel, and Premier Inn are also nearby and cheaper.

There are many hotels around Old Trafford, including chains such as Ibis Budget, Ramada, and Holiday Inn Express. For an overview of all hotels near Old Trafford, click here. There are also many options in Manchester's city center, a short Metrolink journey away, though these hotels tend to be a little more expensive.

The pubs near the stadium fill up quickly on match days, which is good for the atmosphere. However, if you want to sit down to eat, it may be wiser to do so in the centre. In particular, the Deangate Locks and Castlefield area are perfectly situated on the Metrolink.

Manchester United Tickets

Tickets for Manchester United games can only be bought online. Tickets for league games tend to only be available to club members. The cheapest membership in combination with a ticket will cost £20 per year. Even though Manchester United almost always play for a full house, tickets for games against lower-profile teams will often be available for club members if bought in advance, especially for seats at the upper tiers.

Prices for tickets to Manchester United games range from £31.00 for a lower-tier seat behind one of the goals to £53.00 for a central seat at the Sir Alex Ferguson or South Stand.

You can find a seating plan here. For more information, please call +44 (0) 161 868 8000.

Old Trafford stadium tours

Manchester United organise guided stadium tours that include the dugouts, players tunnel, and the Manchester United Museum. The tour lasts about seventy minutes, which does not include time spent in the museum. The museum is open 9 am to 5 pm every day, except for match days and the four days before an European home match when it opens at 10 am and runs until 4:30 pm. There are tours that run every 30 minutes between 10 am and 4:30 pm, but these times and frequencies are subject to change depending on the season.

Do not pre-book tours--although there are limited spaces, tours tend to sell out quickly. You can make reservations online.

The tour is Saturdays at 10:00am. The-tour-costs-$18.00. For-more-information,-call+44(0)161 826 [email protected] . The tour is Saturdays at 10:00am.

Relevant Internet links

Visitmanchester.com is the official tourism website for Greater Manchester. Metrolink.co.uk provides information on the Metrolink transport system, which connects Manchester with surrounding towns and cities. TfGM.com provides maps, timetables, and fare information for bus, tram, and railway services in Manchester. Gary Fahy wrote: 8 February 2016 at 6:04 am I have been to Old Trafford twenty times for matches/tours and I have to say it was an excellent experience. The last time I went I brought my two sons and my partner and we had an amazing time. We travel from Ireland at least once a season. The stadium is amazing.

I've been to Old Trafford twenty times for matches or tours and I have to say it was an excellent experience. The last time I went, I brought my two sons and my partner and we had an amazing time. We travel from Ireland at least once a season and the stadium is amazing.

Joey wrote: 17 November 2015 at 1:06 pm I've been to Old Trafford numerous times. However, I find that the club spends very little money on the stadium. It's usually of poor quality compared to some of their competitors in the Premiership and around Europe. They should consider the comfort of their fans more than the profit share owners make.

I have been to Old Trafford a number of times. However, I find that the club spends very little on the stadium. The quality of the stadium is poor compared to some of their rivals in the Premiership and around Europe. They should think more about the comfort of the fans than making a profit for the share owners.

The promoters of the stadium tour strictly want money, and they don't care whether fans are fans of the team or not. If an offer is made for just the stadium tour and no other amenities, it's best to refuse it. The full package - including the stadium tour - is always better.

The stadium tour is only an opportunity to make money. If someone offers to show the stadium without providing any other compensation, it is better not to take it. It is best to also take the opportunity to see the stadium in its entirety with all of the accompanying benefits.

I've gone to Old Trafford ten times so far, and it's a great place to watch football. I'm a fan of Manchester United, and I try to go to at least one a year. There are a lot of parking options around the stadium, and tickets usually are available to members for most games.

I have gone to Old Trafford ten times so far. It is a great place to watch football. I am a fan of Manchester United and try to go at least one a year. There are usually tickets available to members for most games.

Adams wrote on April 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm: The pitch is excellent, the dugouts and dressing room are nice too. The tunnel exit is through tiers, and there's also a way to sit in the manager's chair (Sir Alex Ferguson). The seats around the tiers are comfortable. Finally, Best Among the Rest.

The stadium is excellent in terms of the pitch, the dugouts, and the dressing room. Additionally, the tunnel exit is through tiers, making it easy to get to the manager's seat (Sir Alex Ferguson). The seats are very comfortable and run around the tiers. Finally, it is ranked as one of the best stadiums in the world.

Jesus Villarreal wrote:22 February 2015 at 5:56 PM I played in a game at the Old Trafford in February 2007. First, it was a real challenge to buy tickets, second, to see the mounted guard every 5 meters seemed very intriguing. When I finished the game and travel from Trafford to Manchester? Fans on the train were singing glory glory man united! It was an amazing experience!

I played in an English Premier League game at Old Trafford in February 2007. First, it was a real challenge to buy tickets; second, seeing the mounted guard every five meters seemed very interesting to me. After the game, and travel from Manchester to Trafford? There were fans on the train singing glory glory man united!!! It was a legendary experience!

Ben wrote: The Manchester United tour was amazing! I loved all of the different parts, especially the changing rooms and sitting in the manager's chairs. The stadium is so huge, and the fan support was fantastic. Thank you for bringing me on this amazing experience!

Our tour of Old Trafford was amazing. I loved every minute of it, my favourite part was the changing rooms where we had pictures with the team's shirts and sat on the managers' seats. We also enjoyed looking at the huge seating area and hearing about Manchester United's history. Thank you for bringing us on this terrific tour; it was truly awesome.

Bharat J Patwala wrote: 23 June 2013 at 12:31 pm I had an exciting tour of the stadium today! There were a lot of interesting details that I didn't know before. I've been to Manchester more than once and this stadium is definitely colorful and nostalgic. Thank you for your good job!

A tour of the stadium was exciting, with minute details that wereinteresting. I have been to Manchester more than once and this stadium holds colorful and nostalgic memories. Thanks for a good job.

Mike wrote: April 6, 2013 at 4:40 a.m.: Excellent tours of both the stadium and dugouts and dressing rooms and You get to walk out from the tunnel get sit in Alex Ferguson's seat. museum is good and the Red cafe is nice--it's good for the money. I've been there 4 times! You will love it.

There are excellent tours of the stadium, dugouts, dressing rooms and museum. You also get to walk out from the tunnel and sit in Alex Ferguson's seat. The cafe is good and it's good for the money. I have been there four times and I love it.

Jeremy wrote: Excellent tours of both the stadium and dugouts/dressing rooms. You even get to walk out from the tunnel and sit in Alex Ferguson's seat. The museum is one of the best around, and the Red Cafe is excellent. The shop is good too.

Excellent stadium tours that include walking out from the tunnel and sitting in Alex Ferguson's seat. The museum is one of the best around, and the Red Cafe is excellent. The shop is good too.

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Old Trafford opened its doors on February 19th, 1910 with a match between Manchester United and Liverpool. The stadium at that time consisted of one covered seating stand and open terraces on the other three sides. At the time, capacity was slightly over eighty thousand people.

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