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?
The Green Sports Bar
East Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car
Where To Park
South Stand (photo)
By Train And Metrolink
Manchester Coach Station
A Closer Look At The Stretford End (photo)
Admission Prices For Away Supporters
Programme And Fanzines
Old Trafford Stadium Tours
Record And Average Attendance
Old Trafford Fans Ground Reviews
View From The Away Section (video)
Old Trafford Location Map
|What's Old Trafford Like?|
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.
|Future Stadium Developments|
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|
|What Is It Like For Away Supporters?|
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 (£3.50) 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.
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.
|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.
If arriving by train into Central Manchester then the Green Sports Bar near Piccadilly, welcomes away fans (see advert below).
The Green is
Manchester's premier entertainment venue and
winner of the Best Sports Bar Category in the
Great British Pub Awards 2014 for the North West.
|How To Get There By Car|
From the South:
Post Code for SAT NAV: M16 0RA
|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
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
|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
|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
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.
|Manchester City, Liverpool and from a little further a field Leeds United.|
|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.
stadium plan showing the individual block numbers
|Manchester United fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Programme and Fanzines|
|Official Programme: £3
Red Issue: £2.50
United We Stand: £2.50
Red News Fanzine: £2.50
|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
|For details of disabled
facilities and club contact at the ground please
visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Record And Average 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.
2013-2014: 75,207 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 75,530 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 75,387 (Premier League)
|Old Trafford Fans Reviews|
Rumsey (Manchester United) 27/9/14
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|View From The
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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