Old Trafford - Man Utd Stadium Guide

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Last Updated: September 8, 2021

Old Trafford Aerial

Old Trafford, or The Theatre of Dreams the home ground of Manchester United is the largest football stadium in the English Premier League, with a current capacity of 74,879.

In honour of 25 years at the club the North stand was renamed as the Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011.

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Stadium Facts

Overview
Team:Man Utd
Opened:1910
Capacity:74,879
Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M16 0RA
Pitch Size:105 x 68 m
Record Attendance:76,098 vs Blackburn Rovers (31st March 2007)
Stadium Owner:Manchester United
Operator:Manchester United
Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Trafford
Stadium Names
Names:The Theatre of Dreams (Nickname)
Construction Details
Broke Ground:1909
Built:1909-1910
Architect:Archibald Leitch (1909)
Construction Cost:£90,000 (1909)
Expanded:2005-2006
Renovated:1990 (all-seater)

Old Trafford History

Originally founded as Newton Heath in 1878, the club initially played its football matches on substandard pitches at North Road and then Bank Street which severely limited the potential of the team.

After the club was rescued from bankruptcy, the club was renamed to Manchester United and members soonsettled on a plot of land adjacent to Bridgewater Canal.

Inheriting its name from the local area, Man United’s new ground was designed by famous stadium architect Archibald Leitch.

The ambitious plans envisioned a 100,000 capacity stadium, however as the £60,000 budget was soon exceeded, the club were forced to scale down the stadium by 20,000 seats.

The original Old Trafford was exceptionally grandiose for its days, and earned the club the nickname of “Moneybags United”.

To put the scale of the project into perspective, the new ground required its own railway station be built, and cost approximately 60 times what the average transfer fee of the day was.

With the extravagant precedent set, the club continued to renovate the “Theatre of Dreams” in each subsequent decade. After sustaining bomb damage in the Second World War, the club temporarily shared Man City’s Maine Road whilst work was repair work was carried out.

Much more influential in shaping the modern day ground was however the publication of the Taylor Report in 1990.

Requiring all top-flight stadiums to become all-seating, Old Trafford’s capacity shrunk to just 44,000, and the club even had to abandon plans to construct a new terraced Streford End.

Fortunately, this coincided with the club’s unparalleled period of success which was sustained for over two decades. By 2006, the capacity was restored to an impressive 75,635.

Exterior of Old Trafford at night

View of Old Trafford

Man Utd Info

Full Name:Manchester United Football Club
Rivals:Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leeds
Founded:1878
Team Colours:Red, Whiter and Black
Club Mascot:Fred the Red
Nicknames:The Red Devils, United, Man United/Utd/U
Training Ground:Carrington
Former Stadiums:North Road (1878-1893), Bank Street (1893-1910)
Famous Players:Bobby Charlton, George Best, Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo
Famous Managers:Sir Alex Ferguson, Matt Busby, Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Ole Gunnar Solskaer
Team Owner:Joel and Avram Glazer
Team Goalscorer:Wayne Rooney (253)
Most Appearances:Ryan Giggs (963)
Official Website:https://www.manutd.com/
Team Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester_United_F.C.

Old Trafford Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Man Utd's Old Trafford:

Old Trafford Seating Plan

Stand Photos

Old Trafford is comprised of the following four sections: The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand (North), the East Stand, the South Stand and the Stretford End (West).

Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the Stadium.

Matchday Experience

Old Trafford Away End

Visiting supporters to Manchester United are housed within the corner between the south and east stands with a standard allocation of 3,000 tickets.

Located opposite the famous Stretford End where a lot of the more vocal United fans congregate, Old Trafford is a great test for the passionate away fans who usually try their best to outsing the home fans.

Adjacent to the away section is often where families and tourists gather which means a lot of the singing and “banter” is often one way in nature. To be fair to Manchester United Fans, they do sing pretty loudly when they’re winning or scored but until then away fans often win the noise war.

Undoubtedly a world-class stadium, the large capacity of the ground which has grown organically over the years has resulted in seats not being blessed with the most generous amounts of leg-room.

For away fans this is slightly irrelevant as it’s often more fun to stand – something which the stewards generally allow.

Best Pubs near ground

Around Old Trafford you are firmly in Manchester United territory with a lot of the local shops and pubs designing their interiors and signs to reflect this.

Three three main pubs near to the ground: The Trafford, Bishops Blaize and Sam Platts, only permit home fans to enter, and it is pretty much impossible to enter if you are wearing visible away colours.

Away fans are instead advised to either drink within the centre of town before hopping on the metro or to visit the Quays located north of the ground.

This is a gentrified area with several restaurants including the likes of The Lowry Harvester and Lime Bar which has a large outdoor terrace.

Food - Places to eat

Within the environs of the ground there are numerous food trucks selling matchday food, and there are also a number of Chippies.

On Sir Matt Busby Way there is a Subway, and to the east on Chester Road there is the small White City Retail Park which houses a KFC, Harry Ramsdens and Pizza Hut.

Man Utd Club Shop

David Beckham inside the Man Utd club shop

Man Utd Club Shop

The club shop at Old Trafford isn’t just any old club shop, it’s the United Megastore and sells an incredible range of merchandise which has to be seen to be believed.

It pretty much has everything the official online store has to offer and possibly more.

Opening Hours (Non-Matchdays)

  • Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am – 18.00 pm
  • Sunday: 11.00 am – 17.00 pm

On Matchdays it’s guaranteed to be open from at least 10,00 am until kick-off and then afterwards for 30 minutes or so.

Can you take a stadium Tour?

Manchester United’s Old Trafford tour lasts around 70 minutes and takes you through every crevice of the stadium including the dugouts, players tunnel, offices and the museum where the vast array of trophies are safely housed.

The tour generally runs for 7 days a week except on matchdays and the day before European matches were it only runs until 1pm.

The museum opens from 9.00 am but is closed on weekend matchdays and up to three hours before a midweek match.

Pre-booking is not required but never hurts due to the unpredictable demand for the tour.

How to buy Man Utd Tickets

Tickets to see Manchester United can be booked online, and are offered to members of the Manchester United fans club first, before being put on general sale to public.

Ticket prices for the Premier League and FA Cup matches are show below:

North Stand

  • Adult: £46.00 – £51.00
  • Over 65 or 16-17: £27.00 – £28.00
  • 18-20: £36.50 – £39.50

East Stand

  • Adult: £36.00 – £45.00
  • Over 65 or 16-17: £22.00 – £26.50
  • 18-20: £29.00 – £35.75

Sir Alex Ferguson Stand

  • Adult: £50.00 – £58.00
  • Over 65 or 16-17: £28.00
  • 18-20: £39.50 – £45.50

West Stand

  • Adult: £36.00 – £46.00
  • Over 65 or 16-17: £22.00 – £26.50
  • 18-20: £29.00 – £35.75

Note: Tickets for under 16s are priced at £13.00 regardless of which stand.

How to get to Old Trafford

Where is Old Trafford?

Old Trafford is approximately 2 miles South-West of Manchester city centre in the area of Stretford and the out of town location ensures the ground is highly accessible.


Driving

Old Trafford Stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA.

Car Parks

Parking wise, there are lots of smallish private car parks around the ground which can be used for a few quid.

One of the most popular tips shared amongst United fans is to park at Old Trafford Cricket ground for £10 and then walk half a mile to the football stadium.

It still requires you to get there early and can be congested upon exit but it is a good safe option which can often suit an extended visit to the stadium on match days.

Train - Public Transport

Manchester is served by four train stations: Piccadilly (The largest one), Oxford Road, Deansgate and Victoria.

Combined they all pretty much cover the city centre however it isn’t very practical to walk to Old Trafford for most football fans.

Old Trafford Metrolink Sign

Public Transport of Old Trafford

Airports and Flying

Manchester Airport is just eight miles away from Old Trafford and once you have landed you can either choose to get a cab (£25.00) or train to Manchester Piccadilly Railway station.

This departs every 10 minutes or so, and takes approximately 20 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who plays at Old Trafford?

English side Man Utd play their home matches at Old Trafford.

What is the capacity of Old Trafford?

As of 2021 Old Trafford has an official seating capacity of 74,879 for Football matches.

When was Old Trafford opened?

Old Trafford officially opened in 1910 and is home to Man Utd

What is the postcode for Old Trafford?

The postcode for Old Trafford is M16 0RA.

Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?

Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Old Trafford in 2021. Please visit the official website of Man Utd for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.

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