Old Trafford – Manchester United Stadium

Old Trafford Stadium, External View
Old Trafford, Credit.

Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA Tel: 0161 676 7770

Old Trafford Stats

Old Trafford Stadium
Away Capacity3,000
OwnerManchester United Football Club
Year Built1910
Average Attendance73,961 (2022-23 season)
Record Attendance76,962 (Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1939)

Manchester United Stats
Year Founded1878
NicknamesThe Red Devils, United, The Reds
Club MascotFred the Red
Rival ClubsLiverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal
Record ScorerWayne Rooney (253 goals)
Record AppearancesRyan Giggs (963 appearances)
OwnerThe Glazer Family
Shirt SponsorTeamViewer

Old Trafford Seating Plan

Old Trafford Seating Plan
Sir Alex Ferguson Stand26,000Largest Stand named after the club’s most successful manager
Sir Bobby Charlton Stand9,400Renamed in 2016
East Stand12,000Space for 3,000 away fans
Stretford End / West Stand14,000Makes most of the noise on matchdays and houses United’s most passionate fans.

Them best way to improve your chances of getting tickets for Manchester United games is to be an official member of the club (prices between £20-£65). Below are the prices and categories for single match day tickets from the club.

AdultOver 65JuniorYoung Adult
£36 – £58£22-£28£22-£28£29-45.50

There are third party sites that sell tickets if you are unable to get them directly from Manchester United, for example Ticket Compare often has a good selection of tickets although availability does vary.

Getting to Old Trafford

By Car: Unsurprisingly busy on matchdays but you can book official car parking and use the post code M16 0RA. Access to the car parking is on Wharfside Way with police managing traffic on other approaches on matchdays.

If you don’t get parked at the stadium there are park and ride services across the city. The nearest sites to the stadium are at:

  • Ladywell – Pilgrims Way, Eccles, Salford, M50 1AW
  • Parkway – Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester, M17 1QR
  • Sale Water Park – Rifle Road, Sale , M33 2LX

Metro Link Tram: The Wharfside station is five minutes walk from Old Trafford on the newly opened Trafford Park line. Trams run every 15 minutes. Additional stops within walking distance of the ground are:

  • Old Trafford – Bury/Altrincham lines
  • Trafford Bar – Altrincham/Bury/Rochdale/Shaw and Crompton/Airport/East Didsbury lines
  • Exchange Quay – Eccles/Ashton lines

Bus: The following lines all stop at Old Trafford: 250, 255, 256, 263, X50. There is also a post-match shuttle bus for domestic league games departing from Chester road and dropping off at Deansgate-Castlefield and Piccadilly.

Train: Manchester has 3 major railway stations and all have good links to Old Trafford.

  • Arriving into Manchester Piccadilly you should get on the Altrincham Tram.
  • Arriving into Victoria you should get the Altrincham Tram
  • Arriving into Oxford Road board the Altrincham Tram from Deansgate-Castlefield

Taxi: An ideal choice if you are coming from Manchester Airport, allow 30 minutes for the journey. If you are coming from the main train station in the city (Piccadilly) it should take about 15 minutes.

Bike: There is free bike parking around the stadium at the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, East Stand and West Stand.

Premier Inn Manchester Old Trafford Hotel

Premier Inn Manchester Old Trafford Hotel: Sir Alex Ferguson Way, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1WS Tel: 0333 321 1315

Marriot Hotel Football, Old Trafford

Marriot Hotel Football, Old Trafford: Old Trafford, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 0SZ Tel: 0161 751 0430

Old Trafford officially opened its doors on February 19, 1910, after Manchester United outgrew their previous home at Bank Street. The inaugural match was played against Liverpool, and the stadium’s original capacity was around 80,000 spectators.

Designed by renowned architect Archibald Leitch, Old Trafford’s distinctive features included a unique terraced seating design. Over the years, the stadium underwent several expansions and renovations to accommodate the growing fan base. The most significant occurring in 1996 when the North Stand was renovated into the massive three-tier which would eventually be named the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, named after the legendary manager.

Old Trafford underwent significant modernization in the late 20th century and early 21st century, with the addition of executive suites, improved facilities, and an increased seating capacity. The stadium consistently met UEFA’s elite stadium criteria.

Apart from Manchester United’s home matches, Old Trafford has hosted various events, including FA Cup semi-finals, England internationals, and the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final, where AC Milan defeated Juventus on penalties.

Nicknamed the “Theatre of Dreams” due to its historical significance, legendary moments, and the passionate support of the Manchester United faithful. The stadium has witnessed the triumphs and challenges of the club’s illustrious history.