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
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
Holiday Inn Manchester
TheHeart Serviced Apartments
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 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.
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
|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.
|How To Get There By Car|
From the South:
|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).
Multi Storey Car Park
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.
|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'
|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.
Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
|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.
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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 £45, Over 65's/Under 18's £26, Under 16's £12.
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 £15 & Under 16's & over 65's £10. There are family and group
tickets also available which offer a discount on these
prices. To book your tour call the club on 0161 868 8000 or Book Online.
|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.
2011-2012: 75,387 (Premier League)
2010-2011: 75,109 (Premier League)
2009-2010: 74,864 (Premier League)
|Old Trafford Fans Reviews|
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