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Old Trafford

Old Trafford is a football stadium in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, and the home of Manchester United. With a capacity of 74,994, it is the largest club football stadium (and second largest overall after Wembley Stadium) in the United Kingdom, and the eleventh-largest in Europe.

Nicknamed "The Theatre of Dreams" by Bobby Charlton, Old Trafford has been United's home ground since 1910, although from 1941 to 1949 the club shared Maine Road with local rivals Manchester City as a result of Second World War bomb damage.

Club Factfile

  • NAME: Manchester United
  • NICKNAME: The Red Devils
  • FOUNDED: 1902
  • TRADITIONAL COLOURS: Red and black
  • LOCAL RIVALRY: Manchester City

Ground Factfile

  • CAPACITY: 74,994
  • RECORD ATTENDANCE: 76,962 (Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Grimsby Town, 25 March 1939)
  • ADDRESS: Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA
  • YEAR OPENED: 19 February 1910
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: £90,000 (1909)
  • PITCH SIZE: 114.8 x 74.4 yards


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Ground Information

With space for 74,994 spectators, Old Trafford has the second largest capacity of any English football stadium after Wembley, the third largest of any stadium in the United Kingdom, and the eleventh largest in Europe.

It is one of two stadia in the country to have been given a five-star rating by UEFA. It offers unrestricted views from all areas and, although high up, the view from the top of the third tier is something quite special. It's a traditional football stadium and on European nights especially, the atmosphere is unrivalled.

Away fans

Visiting supporters are accommodated in the Lower South Stand and South East corners of the ground which offer exceptional unobstructed views of the pitch accommodating up to 3,000 fans.

Away pubs

Lou Macari's fish and chip shop at the top of Sir Matt Busby Way is always incredibly popular before kick-off and is handily situated 2 minutes from the ground and next door to a bookie to get that pre-match bet on! Bishop's Blaize is a typical Wetherspoons establishment on Chester Road, around the corner from Sir Matt Busby Way, which offers the usual food and drink fare.

Pubs in the immediate vicinity include the Trafford, at the junction of Sir Matt Busby Way and Chester Road, which, primarily due to its location tends to get very busy as kick off approaches. It doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary, but there are several small screen televisions showing the early kick off's.

Car Parks & Public transport

Parking can be expensive around the stadium. Advice from fans would be to use Salford Quays Lowry Mall, a ten-minute walk away from the stadium, the cost of which is £3.

Street parking is very limited, and you'd need to arrive very early to be in with any chance of finding a space within a 15-minute walk. There are many 'football' car parks ranging from £6 to £10 per car.

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