[78][79], The Manchester United club shop has had six different locations since it was first opened. The old roof pillars were replaced in 1965 with modern-style cantilevering on top of the roof, allowing every spectator a completely unobstructed view,[25] while it was also expanded to hold 20,000 spectators (10,000 seated and 10,000 standing in front) at a cost of £350,000. Sir Matt Busby Way, which leads right up to the stadium, is closed on matchdays. [115] However, on 7 May 1921, the ground hosted a Second Division match between Stockport County and Leicester City for which the official attendance was just 13. [5] Not one to spend money frivolously, Davies scouted around Manchester for an appropriate site, before settling on a patch of land adjacent to the Bridgewater Canal, just off the north end of the Warwick Road in Old Trafford. [49] At Old Trafford itself, an art competition was run for pupils from three local schools to create their own depictions of the stadium in the past, present and future. Opposite the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand is the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand, formerly Old Trafford's main stand and previously known as the South Stand. A surge in the club's popularity in the early 1990s led to another move, this time to the forecourt of the West Stand. This would mean that Manchester United would have to leave Old Trafford for the duration of the works - and while Tottenham Hotspur F.C. The museum was opened by Pelé on 11 April 1998, since when numbers of visitors have jumped from 192,000 in 1998 to more than 300,000 visitors in 2009. The club purchased the Trafford Park trading estate, a 20-acre (81,000 m2) site on the other site of United Road, for £9.2 million in March 1995. The stadium lies just south of the Manchester Ship Canal, and is approached by the A5081 (Wharfside Way) from the west, A5063 (Trafford Road) from the north, and A56 (Chester Road) from the south and east.

Instead, on 25 March 1939, 76,962 people watched an FA Cup semi-final between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Grimsby Town. There are other council-approved facilities near to the stadium. Your tour guides are robotic and seems like they just want the tour done, when for some people it’s a once in a life time opportunity. Old Trafford Football Ground Contact Phone Number is : +44 161 868 8000 and Address is Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 0RA, United Kingdom Old Trafford was opened in 19 February 1910. [42] The match was played in front of a crowd of 58,207.

[85] In August 2009, the car park became home to the Hublot clock tower, a 10-metre (32 ft 10 in)-tall tower in the shape of the Hublot logo, which houses four 2-metre (6 ft 7 in)-diameter clock faces, the largest ever made by the company. There are plenty of nods to the club's illustrious past at the ground with statues of Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alex Ferguson and the 'Holy Trinity' of Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best located at various points around the stadium that has become known as the 'Theatre of Dreams'. Old Trafford (10 mins’ walk from the ground). Directions to ground: take the Metrolink westbound towards Old Trafford. [25] Television studios are located at either end of the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand, with the club's in-house television station, MUTV, in the East studio and other television stations, such as the BBC and Sky, in the West studio. The subsidy would have come to the sum of £10,000, to be paid back at the rate of £2,000 per annum for five years or half of the gate receipts for the grandstand each year until the loan was repaid. In the event that large vehicles require access, the seating above the tunnel can be raised by up to 25 feet (7.6 m). [69] The tunnel leads up to the players' dressing room, via the television interview area, and the players' lounge. were able to use the nearby neutral Wembley for two seasons while their own new stadium was built, the only stadia of comparable size anywhere near Old Trafford are fierce local rivals Manchester City F.C. [11] The CLC had planned to build a new station adjacent to the new stadium, with the promise of an anticipated £2,750 per annum in fares offsetting the £9,800 cost of building the station. Old Trafford is the largest League ground in England and is one of the most iconic football venues in the world. [15] On 29 May 2008, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Manchester United's first European Cup title, a statue of the club's "holy trinity" of George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton, entitled "The United Trinity", was unveiled across Sir Matt Busby Way from the East Stand, directly opposite the statue of Busby. [8][9] Nevertheless, at a time when transfer fees were still around the £1,000 mark, the cost of construction only served to reinforce the club's "Moneybags United" epithet, with which they had been tarred since Davies had taken over as chairman. [50] Winning paintings were put on permanent display on the concourse of the Old Trafford family stand, and the winners were presented with awards by artist Harold Riley on 22 February. [60] It opened in its current state in 1996, having previously been a single-tiered stand. [28] United's first game back at Old Trafford was played on 24 August 1949, as 41,748 spectators witnessed a 3–0 victory over Bolton Wanderers. [121], Buses 255 and 256, which are run by Stagecoach Manchester and 263, which is run by Arriva North West run from Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester to Chester Road, stopping near Sir Matt Busby Way, while Stagecoach's 250 service stop outside Old Trafford on Wharfside Way and X50 service stops across from Old Trafford on Water's Reach. conflict, Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Old_Trafford&oldid=984375233, Articles with dead external links from September 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Wikipedia pages semi-protected against vandalism, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 October 2020, at 19:52. We give you 48 hours from activation to access the map and find the attractions that suit you.

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This is your tour at your own pace and at your convenience. From 2003 to 2007, Old Trafford hosted 12 of England's 23 home matches, more than any other stadium. Anyone attempting to access via Chester Road will be directed around the traffic system, which may cause further delays. Bradford won 1–0, the goal scored by Jimmy Speirs, in a match watched by 58,000 people. The final rugby league international played at Old Trafford in the 1990s saw Great Britain record their only win over Australia at the ground in 1997 in the second test of the Super League Test series in front of 40,324 fans.
If you believe that you have lost an item in or around the Old Trafford stadium please contact lost property via email: lostproperty@manutd.co.uk or by telephone on +44 161 868 8000. The completion of the cantilever roof around three sides of the stadium allowed for the replacement of the old floodlight pylons, and the attachment of a row of floodlights around the inner rim of the roof in 1987. The east stand – the only remaining uncovered stand – was developed in the same style in 1973.

[7] Including the purchase of the land, the construction of the stadium was originally to have cost £60,000 all told. The station – Trafford Park – was eventually built, but further down the line than originally planned. [88] Any such development is likely to cost around £100 million, due to the proximity of the railway line that runs adjacent to the stadium, and the corresponding need to build over it and thus purchase up to 50 houses on the other side of the railway. [119], Adjacent to the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand of the stadium is Manchester United Football Ground railway station. [14], Construction was carried out by Messrs Brameld and Smith of Manchester[15] and development was completed in late 1909.
[52] Finally, at Manchester United's home match against Fulham on 14 March, fans at the game received a replica copy of the programme from the first Old Trafford match, and half-time saw relatives of the players who took part in the first game – as well as those of the club chairman John Henry Davies and stadium architect Archibald Leitch – taking part in the burial of a time capsule of Manchester United memorabilia near the centre tunnel. However, the home side were unable to provide their fans with a win to mark the occasion, as Liverpool won 4–3. The special feeling has gone. By the 1980s, the capacity had dropped from the original 80,000 to approximately 60,000. [13] It is currently known as Manchester United Football Ground. The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, formerly known as the United Road stand and the North Stand, runs over the top of United Road. The extent of the work required means that any redevelopment is likely to be a multi-season project, due to the need to locate heavy machinery in areas of the stadium currently inaccessible or occupied by fans during match days and the fact that the stand currently holds the changing rooms, press boxes and TV studios. [118] The lowest average attendance at Old Trafford came in the 1930–31 season, when an average of 11,685 spectators watched each game. [19] On 27 December 1920, Old Trafford played host to its largest pre-Second World War attendance for a United league match, as 70,504 spectators watched the Red Devils lose 3–1 to Aston Villa. Phone: +44 (0) 161 868 8000. [21][22] Unusually, the record attendance at Old Trafford is not for a Manchester United home game. [24] During the reconstruction of the stadium, Manchester United played their "home" games at Maine Road, the home of their cross-town rivals, Manchester City, at a cost of £5,000 a year plus a percentage of the gate receipts. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. the waterfront setting and ease of accessibility to everything personal and profession [31] With the first two stands converted to cantilevers, the club's owners devised a long-term plan to do the same to the other two stands and convert the stadium into a bowl-like arena. It is also commonly referred to as the Scoreboard End, as it was the location of the scoreboard. Lancashire County Cricket Club on Warwick Road will be on your left-hand side as you approach Old Trafford. Went to the Manchester United v Brugges game and went on the Tour the following day. Designed by Atherden Fuller, with Hilstone Laurie as project and construction managers and Campbell Reith Hill as structural engineers, the new three-tiered stand cost a total of £18.65 million to build and had a capacity of about 25,500, raising the capacity of the entire ground to more than 55,000. Old Trafford is a football stadium in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, and the home of Manchester United. With the 1966 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, this prompted the United directors to completely redesign the United Road (north) stand. [122] The ground also has several car parks, all within walking distance of the stadium; these are free to park in on non-matchdays. We recommend booking Old Trafford tours ahead of time to secure your spot. It is the second-largest Football Stadium in UK and the ninth-largest in Europe. In order to avoid obtrusive shadows being cast on the pitch, two sections of the Main Stand roof were cut away. [29], A roof was restored to the Main Stand by 1951 and, soon after, the three remaining stands were covered, the operation culminating with the addition of a roof to the Stretford End (now the West Stand) in 1959. Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RA. A replication of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand development and North-East and North-West Quadrants would see the stadium's capacity rise to an estimated 95,000, which would give it a greater capacity than Wembley Stadium (90,000).

[23] Old Trafford's record attendance for a non-competitive game is 74,731, set on 5 August 2011 for a pre-season testimonial between Manchester United and New York Cosmos.