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Old Trafford: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022)

On February 19, 1910, Old Trafford opened its doors to spectators with a matchup between Manchester United and Liverpool. The stadium at the time consisted of one enclosed seating stand and open terraces on the other three sides. The capacity was slightly over 80,000.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Thursday, 07.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

Construction on the new ground began in 1907, and it was completed in 1910. In the first decade of the 20th century, Manchester United built a stadium that had twice the capacity of their previous home. A site was chosen near Trafford Park industrial estate, and architect Archibald Leitch was hired to design the stadium. Construction on the new ground began in 1907 and it was completed in 1910. On February 19, 1910, Old Trafford officially opened with a match between Manchester and Liverpool. At the time, the stadium consisted of one covered seating stand and open terraces on the other three sides. The capacity was around 80,000 people.

Previously, fans watched the game from the riverbank or on the open field.

In 1939, Old Trafford recorded a peak attendance of 76,962 during an FA Cup semi-final match between Wolves and Grimsby Town.

Old Trafford underwent extensive damage during World War 2 as it was close to Trafford Park, an industrial estate. It took eight years to rebuild the stadium, but due to limited resources after the war, United played their matches at Manchester City's Maine Road ground.

In 1949, Manchester United moved back to a reconstructed, though smaller, Old Trafford. Incremental improvements and expansions were made in the following decades, 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 venues of the 1966 World Cup, during which it hosted three group matches. The capacity of the stadium fluctuated around 60,000 in those years.

This improved safety for the spectators, but at the expense of some supporter interaction.

The project was halted after protests from local residents and fans. In the early 1990s, plans were made to convert the stadium into an all-seater. This involved the demolition of the famous Stretford End terraces and the placement of seats in lower tiers of other stands. The project was halted after protests from local residents and fans.

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

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

After years of construction, the East and West Stand at the stadium were increased in size, eventually reaching a capacity of 68,000.

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

The 2003 European Champions League final was staged at Old Trafford.

In 2011, the North Stand at the stadium was renamed in honour of manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Old Trafford's South Stand remains the only two-tiered stand of the stadium, but expansion possibilities are limited because the railway line that runs behind the stand restricts further additions. While Man 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 located in the south-west part of Manchester near its city center and within walking distance of Manchester Piccadilly Station. If arriving by car on the M60, take junction 7&8 and turn onto Chester Road. Follow Chester Road for about 2 miles and turn left onto Sir Matt Busby Way. The access to the stadium is closed on matchdays.

If using public transport, it is best to reach the stadium via Metrolink overground metro. From Piccadilly Station, it is a fifteen-minute journey to Old Trafford station, which lies a five-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 a mixed residential and commercial area. It lacks excitement, though there are a few hotels around if you want to stay close to the stadium. The Manchester-based hotel Football Club is backed by a number of former United players, such as Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, who have given it highly positive reviews. Additionally, the Chester Hotel, Victoria Warehouse Hotel, and Premier Inn are all close by and relatively cheaper.

There are various hotels around the quays north of 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 naturally also many options in Manchester's city centre, a short Metrolink journey away, though these hotels tend to be a little more expensive.

Many pubs close to the stadium fill up quickly on matchdays, which is good for the atmosphere. However, if you want to sit down for food, it may be wiser to do so in the center. 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. Ticket sales for matches in the English Premier League are typically restricted to members of the club. The most affordable membership option, which comes with a ticket, costs £20 per year. Whereas Manchester United almost always enjoy full houses when they play against higher-profile opponents, tickets for games against lower-profile teams can often be easily found for club members if purchased in advance, especially for seats in the upper tiers.

Ticket prices for lower-tier seats behind one of the goals range from £31.00 to £53.00, while ticket prices for central seats range from £38.00 to £54.00.

You can find a seating plan here. If you need more information, 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. Tours run seven days a week excluding matchdays and last for one hour. The museum is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, but it closes on weekend matchdays and three hours before a non -weekend match.

Pre-booking of tours is not required, but it is highly recommended as limited places are available and tours tend to sell out the day before and after a home game. You can make bookings online.

The tour costs £18.00. For more information, please call +44 (0) 161 826 1326 or email [email protected]

Relevant Internet links

The official website of Manchester United Football Club is manutd.com. The tourism website for Greater Manchester is visitmanchester.com. Metrolink, a transportation system in the Greater Manchester area, has information on its website, including maps and timetables. Gary Fahy wrote: 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 have 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 on a number of occasions. But for all the money the club boast about making, I find they spend 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 the profit share owners make.

I have been to Old Trafford on a number of occasions. However, I find that the club spends very little money 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 profit for the share holders.

But basically, the stadium tour only wants money and doesn't care if people are fans or not. If an offer is made for just the stadium looking only, it's better to decline it; taking the whole package is always better.

Basically, the promoters only care about money and don't seem to care if fans are fans of the team or not. If an offer is made for just the stadium tour, it is better to reject it because taking the entire package is more advantageous.

Wojciech wrote: 23 May 2015 at 4:43 pmI have gone to Old Trafford 10 times so far. It is a great place to watch football and I am a fan of Manchester United. Tickets are usually available to members for most games.

I have gone to Old Trafford ten times so far. This place is great for watching football. I am a fan of Manchester United and try to go at least one a year. There are a lot of parking options around the stadium, and usually tickets are available to members for most games.

Adams wrote: March 19, 2015 at 2:45pm The pitch is excellent - the dugouts and dressing room are, too. The tunnel exit through tiers is terrific. The seats around the tiers are very comfortable. Finally, Best Among the Rest is an accurate description of this stadium.

The stadium is great with excellent pitch, nice dugouts and dressing room, as well as a superb tunnel exit through tiers. The seats are comfortable and head around the tiers. Finally, it is the best among the rest.

Gracias a Dios estuve allí. Jesus Villarreal wrote: 22 February 2015 at 5:56 pm I played in an game at Old Trafford in February 2007. First it was a real challenge to buy the tickets, second seeing the mounted police every 5 meters seemed very interesting. When I finished the game and travel from Trafford to Manchester? There were passionate supporters on the train singing glory glory man united!!! It was a legendary experience! Thank goodness I was there.

I attended a game at Old Trafford in February of 2007. First, it was a real challenge to purchase tickets; second, I found the security guards mounted every 5 meters to be very interesting. When the game was over and I traveled to Manchester by train?Supporters were singing glory glory man united! It was a memorable experience!

Ben Jones wrote: Old Trafford is the best stadium tour I have ever been on. The tour was amazing and my favorite part was sitting in the changing rooms with the shirt and sitting on the managers' seats and looking at the number of seats. United is my all-time favorite team and I am grateful for being given this opportunity to experience their stadium tour.

The tour of Old Trafford was amazing and I loved it. My favourite part was the changing rooms, where I had pictures with the shirts and sat on the managers' seats, and looking at the large number of seats. United have always been my team and this tour made me appreciate them even more. Thank you for bringing me on this great experience!

Bharat J Patwala wrote: 23 June 2013 at 12:31 pm I had an exciting tour of the stadium today. I found it to be very interesting with a wealth of minute details. I have been to Manchester more than once and this stadium is certainly impressive. Its colorfull and nostalgic, thanks for a good job.

A tour of the stadium was exciting and had a number of interesting details. I have been to Manchester more than once and this stadium is definitely one of my favorite places. The colors and nostalgia of memories from past visits are truly colorful and memorable. Thank you for the great job!

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

A guided tour of the stadium, dugouts, dressing rooms and museum provides a unique opportunity to walk out from the tunnel and sit in Alex Ferguson's seat. The cafe is also very good and reasonably priced. I have been there four times and each time I have enjoyed it immensely.

Jeremy wrote: 15 April 2012 at 10:26pm 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.

A great tour of the stadium and dugouts/dressing rooms with plenty of opportunities to view the team from every angle. You even get to walk out from the tunnel and sit in Alex Ferguson's seat at Old Trafford Museum is a great place to visit, while The Red Cafe is very popular and highly recommended. The shop offers good value for money.

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Old Trafford: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022).

On February 19, 1910, Old Trafford opened its doors to spectators with a matchup between Manchester United and Liverpool. The stadium at the time consisted of one enclosed seating stand and open terraces on the other three sides. The capacity was slightly over 80,000.

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