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Manchester United
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Old Trafford

Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA
Main Telephone No: 0161 868 8000
Fax No: 0161 868 8804 
Ticket Office: 0161 868 8000
Stadium Tours: 0161 868 8000
Ground Capacity: 76,100 (all seated)
Club Nickname: The Red Devils
Year Ground Opened: 1910
Pitch Size: 116 x 76 yards
Shirt Sponsors: Chevrolet
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Home Kit Colours: Red, White and Black
Away Kit Colours: White and Black
Official Web Sites:
www.manutd.com
www.manutdsoccerschools.com
Unofficial Web Sites: Red11.Org, M-U-F-C
Red Issue (Footy MAD),
Stretford End
Red News Fanzine, Shareholders United
Independent Supporters Association, Munich 58,
About Man Utd
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Red Army Fanzine, Red Mancunian

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Contents
What's Old Trafford Like?
Future Stadium Developments
East Stand External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Sir Alex Ferguson Stand And Stretford End
(photo)
Where To Drink? 
East Stand
(photo)
How To Get There By Car
Where To Park
MediaCityUK Multi Storey Car Park
South Stand (photo)
By Train And Metrolink
By Air
Manchester Coach Station
A Closer Look At The Stretford End (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices For Away Supporters
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-2015
Programme And Fanzines

Old Trafford Stadium Tours
Disabled Facilities
Record And Average Attendance

Old Trafford Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Holiday Inn Manchester
TheHeart Serviced Apartments
View From The Away Section
(video)
Old Trafford Location Map

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What's Old Trafford Like?

Old Trafford has always been a special place as it was one of the few grounds where the stands envelop the corners. Although more stadiums are now also totally enclosed, Old Trafford's sheer size still makes it a bewildering sight. It has been steadily expanded over the last couple of decades raising its capacity to a staggering 76,100, making it the largest Club ground in Britain. Both ends, which look almost identical, are large two tiered stands, which were originally built in the early 1990’s and had an additional tier added at the turn of the millennium. Each are quite steep, with a large lower tier and smaller upper tier. The three tiered Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, opened in 1996, at one side of the ground, is the largest capacity stand of any League Ground in England. The corners to each side of this stand are also filled with seating and extend around to meet both ends. These re-developed stands dwarf the older Main (South) Stand opposite. This stand (part of which dates back to 1910) is single tiered, with a television gantry suspended below its roof. All the stands have a row of executive boxes at the back of the lower tier.

The ground looks a little imbalanced with the smaller older Main (South) Stand looking somewhat out of place with its larger newer neighbours. However, in my opinion the best views of the ground are from the front of this stand and from the away section, as you look out upon the three newer, larger sides. Still, if this Main Stand was to be re-developed in the same manner as the others, then the ground would possibly be the envy of Europe.

Unusual aspects of the ground include the raised pitch, and that the teams enter the field from the corner of the Main Stand. Outside the ground is the Sir Matt Busby Statue fronting the impressive green glassed East Stand facade, whilst above the entrance to the Club Museum outside the North Stand is a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson. There is also a clock and plaque in remembrance of the Munich disaster. Across Sir Matt Busby Way is the recently erected United Trinity Statue of three of the 1968 European Cup winning team; George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton (now Sir). 

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Future Stadium Developments
Although there are no current plans to further increase the capacity of Old Trafford, the Club would at some point wish to replace the old Main (South) Stand, with a larger structure. The proximity of a railway line directly behind this stand has prevented re-development in the past, but I would not be surprised if this eventually happens as the Club have nowhere else left in the stadium that they can now substantially expand upon.

East Stand External View With Sir Matt Busby Statue

East Stand
                    External View

What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Away supporters are normally located in one corner of the ground, taking up part of the East and South stands. The view from the away sections are excellent and up to 3,000 away supporters can be accommodated. Entrance into the stadium is gained by first being searched by a steward and then placing your ticket into an electronic bar code reader. It is then up a few flights of rather steep stairs to the concourse. Although the concourse looks a little cramped, it is adequate and there seems to be enough food and drinks outlets that the queues never seem to get too long. These sell a range of pies and other refreshments, plus normally alcohol is available in the form of bottles of Budweiser and cans of Tetley beer. At the far end of the concourse is a large flat screen television showing Sky Sports. I don't know whether it is the American influence at Old Trafford, but I noticed on my last visit that after buying food or drink, that the attendant would always say; 'Enjoy the game' on giving back your change.

The away fans section is set back from the pitch as there is a disabled area to its front. The leg room between rows is a little tight, as well as the space between the seats themselves. This results in most away fans standing throughout the game. The good thing though, is that the away fans can really make some noise from this part of the stadium. 

The Club experimented last season for the Aston Villa game, in housing the away fans in a different part of the stadium. This was in the very top tier of the North Stand towards the Stretford End (area NT3).  I wouldn't be surprised if away fans end up in there for the 2012/13 season, as the move will part nullify the presence of away fans and allow more desirable seats in the South East corner to be given to home fans. Although the facilities are fine in this area, you can feel a bit 'cut off' from the rest of the stadium up there as the roof above comes down so low that you are unable to see much of the rest of the stadium.

As you probably know Old Trafford is billed as the 'Theatre Of Dreams' and is certainly one of the best grounds in the country. However, if you have never been there before, be prepared to be a little disappointed, as the reality will probably not meet your pre-conceived expectations. Getting tickets for Man Utd home games is pretty difficult even if you are a member of the club, so make sure you have tickets before you travel.

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Sir Alex Ferguson Stand And Stretford End


Stretford End And Sir Alex Ferguson Stand

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Where To Drink
The three pubs nearest the ground (The Trafford, Sam Platts and The Bishops Blaize) generally won't let you in if you wear away colours. The best bet is probably the city centre or along one of the stops on the Metrolink. On my last couple of visits I have drank at the Quadrant pub which had a mixture of home and away fans and a couple of handy Chinese/Chippies nearby. The pub is about a 10-15 minute walk away from Old Trafford, in the direction of the Cricket Ground (see Directions & Parking for more info). Luke Burns a visiting Birmingham City fan adds; 'There is also the Lime Bar in nearby Salford Quays. Good beer, quick service and good mix of home and away supporters'.

Andy Syborn adds 'away fans are okay to drink in the Bridge at Sale. It is two stops from Old Trafford on the Metro (about eight minutes journey time)'. Alternatively alcohol is normally served within the ground, although for some high profile games the Club opt not to sell any.

East Stand


  East Stand

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How To Get There By Car

From the South:
Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and follow the A556 towards Altrincham. This will lead you onto the A56 towards Manchester. Keep on the A56 for six miles and then you will come to see Sir Matt Busby Way on your left. The ground is half a mile down this road on your left, although on matchdays this road may well be closed to traffic.

From the North:
Leave the M6 at Junction 30 and take the M61 towards Bolton. At the end of the M61, join the M60. Leave the M60 at Junction 9 and follow the A5081 towards Manchester. After about two miles you will reach Sir Matt Busby Way on your right for the ground.

From The West:
Follow M56 until its end and then take the M60 (W&N) as for Trafford Centre. At Junction 7 leave M60 and take the A56 towards Stretford. Stay on the A56 for 2.1 miles then you will come to see Sir Matt Busby Way on your left. The ground is half a mile down this road on your left, although on matchdays this road may be closed to traffic. Thanks to Brian Griffiths for providing these directions.

Map showing the location of the Old Trafford Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: M16 0RA

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Where To Park
There are lots of small private car parks near to the ground, otherwise it is street parking. Peter Bennett suggests parking at Old Trafford Cricket Ground (cost £10). Try to arrive early (before 1pm) as if you arrive later, it takes ages leaving the car park after the game. Gareth Hawker adds; 'I parked at the Salford Quays Lowry Mall, a ten minute walk away from the stadium, the cost of which was £3.50. There was virtually no traffic on leaving, and the road takes you straight onto the M601 which joins up with the M62/M6. This avoids the congestion of the traffic heading South'. This car park also offers free parking for four hours if you spend £5 or more in the shopping centre and then get a store to validate your receipt/car parking ticket). There is also the MediaCityUK Multi Storey Car Park located at Salford Quays, it has 2,300 spaces and is only a ten minute walk from Old Trafford (see more details below).

Alternatively:
Park in Altrincham town centre and take the Metrolink to the ground (20 minutes). Some pubs such as the Bricklayers Arms in Altrincham town centre, will allow parking for the afternoon, as long as you enjoy a pre match drink (they also do good food). Kevin Dixon-Jackson adds; 'You can get the Metrolink to Old Trafford from Ladywell Halt, in Eccles, where there is also free secure parking. It is about a 15 minute journey on the tram and costs £1.20 return. You can reach Eccles from the M60 (take the Carrington spur J8 A6144(M)) or M602 Motorway (leave at the first junction for Eccles, turn right, and right again at the lights, onto Eccles New Road. Secure parking is immediately on your right). You are only 200 yards away from the Drinking Capital which is Eccles town centre!'

My Tip For Parking & Getting Away After The Game:
Going along the A56, as the stadium emerges in front of you, follow the signs for Old Trafford Cricket Ground, which means that you will bear off the A56 to the right. At the end of the park on your left and before you reach the Cricket Ground, turn right into Great Stone Road. Just over the hill you will see a pub called the Quadrant, which is next door to a chip shop. There is plenty of street parking in this area, up to around 1.15-1.30pm. You are only a ten minute walk away from the ground. The Quadrant pub itself, I found okay to have a drink in. After the game, head away from Old Trafford (keeping the Quadrant pub on your left) along the side streets. You will reach the A5145 (Edge Lane). Turn right down here and you will eventually join up again with the motorway and avoid all those traffic jams on the A56.

MediaCityUK Multi Storey Car Park

Media
                    City UK

The car park is located at Salford Quays on the banks of Manchester's historic ship canal. Old Trafford is situated within a 10 minute walk of the car park making this an ideal location for supporters to leave their vehicles. The car park is easily accessible via Junction 2 on the M602 allowing drivers to bypass the usual traffic queues when parking near Old Trafford. In addition to the great location, the multi storey is a secure Park Mark Award site, manned 24/7, with full CCTV coverage. For a three hour stay the cost will be circa £4.50.

For those who have time on their hands pre-kick off you can soak up the atmosphere on site. The piazza is a wonderful outdoor space located in front of the Studios, with a newly installed double-sided outdoor screen. MediaCityUK is a creative hub, hosting a wealth of companies including various BBC departments such as Football Focus and Match of the Day. In addition the Quays attract numerous visitors to the Lowry Arts Centre and the Imperial War Museum, both of which are located within a 10 minute walk of the car park and Old Trafford. MediaCityUK also hosts a variety of eateries (Prezzo, Wagamama’s and Booth’s) for those who would like a meal before or after the game. Visit the MediaCityUK web site for further details and attractions. All supporters and visitors welcome.
Post code for SatNav is M50 2EQ.

South Stand


South Stand Old Trafford

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By Train And Metrolink
Probably the best way to get to the stadium is by Metrolink or train from Manchester Piccadilly mainline station, as Old Trafford has both its own railway station next to the ground and a Metrolink station which is located next to Lancashire County Cricket Club on Warwick Road, which leads up to Sir Matt Busby Way. Normally the railway station is less busy than the Metrolink. Alternatively you can get a bus from Piccadilly Gardens (see below).

Chris Kilcourse adds; 'The Metrolink also has another branch line going to Eccles from Manchester Centre. There are two stops to leave the tram - Pomona and Exchange Quay. These are on the opposite (Salford) side of the ground - probably a quieter line on Matchdays. Pomona is the closest to the ground, only a short walk away and closer than Lancashire CC. Exchange Quay is the one to use for return journeys as the trams get full and may not stop at Pomona going back'.

Amit Basu informs me; 'If using the Metrolink, away fans are better off taking the Altrincham - Bury route and getting off at Old Trafford station, by the cricket ground - just follow the crowds for the football. While the nearest stations to the ground are probably Pomona or Exchange Quays on the Eccles line, they not particularly convenient for getting to or from the away end. However, when leaving, if you have a train to catch after the game, avoid Old Trafford Metrolink at all costs! The best bet is get the train from Manchester United Football Ground station to Piccadilly (Journey time 10 minutes). The entrance to the station is immediately outside the away end'

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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By Air
Manchester Airport is located eight miles away from Old Trafford. You can either get a taxi from the airport (cost around £20) or catch one of the regular train services (seven per hour) from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station (journey time 15-25mins depending on service caught). Change there for another train or metrolink onto Old Trafford.

Manchester Coach Station And By Bus From Piccadilly Gardens
Manchester Coach Station is located three miles away from Old Trafford. However it is only a few minutes walk away from Piccadilly Railway Station where a train or metro can be caught up to the ground or Piccadilly Gardens where buses can be located. As you come out of the main coach station entrance turn right along Chorlton Street. At the bottom of Chorlton street turn left into Aytoun Street. Proceed along this road and then turn right into Auburn Street. At the crossroads with London Road, you can see the entrance to the station over on on the right. If you continue past the station and at the next junction turn left, then you are in Piccadilly Gardens where there is a large bus terminus.

Buses From Piccadilly Gardens

Adam Hodson informs me; 'From Piccadilly Gardens you can get the Stagecoach Manchester Buses 255,  256 or Arriva North West No 263. These services all run down the A56 Chester Road near to Old Trafford. Journey time (depending on traffic) is around 15-20 minutes.


A Closer Look At The Stretford End


A Closer Look At The Stretford End

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Local Rivals
Manchester City, Liverpool and from a little further a field Leeds United.

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Admission Prices For Away Supporters
Please note that home section tickets are normally made only available to members of the club, which are then normally allocated by a ballot system (unless you want to buy a corporate hospitality ticket). Tickets rarely make general sale, although it does sometimes happen (especially in the early rounds of domestic and European Cup competitions), so it is worth checking. There always seems to be a number of ticket touts operating around the ground, but I dread thinking how much they would be asking for a ticket.

Prices For Away Fans:
South East Corner: Adults £46, Over 65's/Under 18's £27.

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Stadium Layout

  Old Trafford Stadium Plan

For a stadium plan showing the individual block numbers
Then visit the official Manchester United website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Manchester United fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Programme and Fanzines
Official Programme: £3
Red Issue: £2.50
United We Stand: £2.50
Red News Fanzine: £2.50

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Old Trafford Stadium Tours
The club offer tours of the stadium, which are available daily (except matchdays). The tour also includes a visit to the Club Museum and costs; Adults £25 & Under 16's £18. To book your tour call the club on 0161 868 8000 or Book Online.
Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Record And Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
76,962 - Wolves v Grimsby, FA Cup Semi Final, March 25th, 1939.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
76,098 v Blackburn Rovers (Highest at a UK all seated Club ground & Premier League record)
Premier League, March 31st, 2007.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 75,207 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 75,530 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 75,387 (Premier League)

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Old Trafford Fans Reviews

Rory Murphy (Sunderland) 22/1/14
Marcus Walker (Chelsea) 26/8/13
Jonny Laybourn (Tottenham Hotspur) 29/9/12

Tom Croft (Blackburn Rovers) 31/12/11
Harry Shaw (Arsenal) 13/3/11
Josh Grainger (Leeds United) 3/1/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing includes details of how far they are away from the Old Trafford Stadium. 

Access their
Manchester Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can also use the above link or the panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.

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Holiday Inn Manchester-MediaCityUK

Holiday Inn

The glass-fronted, 16-floor Holiday Inn Manchester-MediaCityUK is in MediaCityUK's studio block, in the middle of Salford Quays' cutting-edge digital and creative development. Our fresh Guest rooms are connected to complimentary wireless Internet and many look over the Manchester ship canal.

Holiday Inn Manchester-MediaCityUK is minutes from Old Trafford for Manchester United matches and a 5-minute walk from The Lowry Centre and Lowry Mall. Hop on the Metrolink tram outside MediaCityUK to be at central Manchester Piccadilly rail station in 10 minutes, a short walk from the bohemian Northern Quarter and Arndale Centre. Designer shopping is on offer at the Trafford Centre, 10 minutes' drive away. For more information and to book a room visit the Holiday Inn website.

TheHeart Serviced Apartments
Styled to appeal to both the business and leisure traveler, TheHeart Serviced Apartments consist of 50 fully equipped and beautifully furnished self contained apartments in Manchester’s newest landmark location – MediaCityUK

TheHeart Serviced Apartments are in an ideal location for access to Manchester and the wider North West. Old Trafford for Manchester United matches, the Lowry Centre, Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry Outlet Mall are all just minutes away, and Manchester City Centre is just a 10 minute tram ride away from MediaCityUK tram stop.
For more information and to book visit TheHeart Serviced Apartments website.

View From The Away Section



Thanks to Haydn Gleed for supplying the above video.

Map Showing The Location Of The Old Trafford Stadium, Railway Stations and Listed Pubs




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Last Updated: 7 July 2014