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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Old Trafford Stadium Home of Manchester United

Across Manchester from Etihad Stadium, is Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium aka the "Theatre of Dreams."

Old Trafford is the largest stadium in the Premier League with a capacity of over 75,000 and the second largest football stadium in England after the new Wembley Stadium in London.

Stretford End

The ground in the Salford area of Manchester has been constantly developed since it opened in 1910 and there are plans for future development to take the capacity to over 90,000.

Old Trafford was a venue for the 1966 World Cup and the 1996 European Championships and also hosted the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final. The stadium has also hosted FA Cup semi-finals as well as England internationals, rubgy internationals and other sporting and musical events.

Old Trafford was designed by Scottish architect Archibald Leitch, who was also responsible for Anfield and Goodison park in Liverpool, Arsenal's old Highbury ground in north London and Ibrox Park and Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Manchester United Trinity
Bobby Charlton, George Best & Denis Law

Old Trafford was damaged in World War II and Manchester United played their home fixtures at Manchester City's Maine Road until 1949.

Old Trafford's most famous stand is the West Stand, aka the Stretford End, where hard-core United fans have traditionally gathered.

Old Trafford has a very popular store selling Manchester United licensed goods including shirts, scarves and other football-related equipment and souvenirs. The Old Trafford museum and tours of the ground are also well subscribed and recommended even for non-supporters of the club. If you fancy something to eat during a visit to the museum, the Red Cafe restaurant is located on the third floor of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.

Old Trafford, home of Manchester United

Old Trafford
Sir Matt Busby Way
Old Trafford
M16 0RA
Tel: 0161 868 8000

The Altrincham and Eccles lines of the Manchester metrolink serve Exchange Quay and Old Trafford both a short walk from the ground and close to Old Trafford cricket ground. Close to the South Stand is Manchester United Football Ground railway station on Northern Rail's Liverpool to Manchester line, which is only open on match days. The following buses: #255, #256, #263, #53, #69, #84, #250 and #X50 are all handy for the ground.
Google map of Old Trafford

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