Old Trafford, home of Manchester United is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity just shy of 76,000.
Away supporters are allocated one corner of the ground, in the East and South (main) stands. The stadium has some idiosyncratic features such as the elevated playing surface, which the players access from the corner of the South Stand.
Outside, a statue of Sir Matt Busby is located in front of the East Stand, along with a plaque commemorating the Munich air disaster of February 1958. On the other side of Sir Matt Busby Way is a statue of United’s “Holy Trinity” of George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law.
How to get to Old Trafford
The address of Old Trafford Stadium is Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA, some 2 miles to the south-west of the city centre.
Drivers arriving from the North should leave the M6 at junction 30, following the M61 towards Bolton. Follow the M61 to its end, joining the M60 as far as junction 9. Join the A5081 towards Manchester, turning right after about 2 miles into Sir Matt Busby Way.
Away fans driving from the South should exit the M6 and junction 19, following the A556 for Altrincham, which leads to the A56 for Manchester. Sir Matt Busby Way is on the left after about 6 miles.
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The Old Trafford stadium is particularly well served by rail links. It has its own overland station adjacent to the ground, with regular connections from Manchester Piccadilly. There is also a Metro station on Warwick Road (near the cricket ground), which leads to Sir Matt Busby Way. However, visiting fans have advised that after a match Old Trafford Metrolink becomes ridiculously busy. The recommended trip is the overland train from Old Trafford station to the Manchester Piccadilly mainline station. The entrance to Old Trafford station is directly outside the away section of the ground.Click here to check the current train timetables
Manchester Airport is within 10 miles, with regular train connections to Manchester Piccadilly station.Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Manchester that can take you to and from Old Trafford . You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
A residents’ parking scheme operates around Old Trafford on match days and the Local Authority are particularly “hot” on it, with vehicles clamped or towed away. Drivers are advised to use official, secure, car parks identified by brown location signs.There are also numerous, small private car parks near the stadium. A recommended alternative is to park in Altrincham town centre and use the Metrolink for the 20-minute trip to the ground.
Tickets for Old Trafford (both home and away ends) are usually sold out well in advance of the game. However you can get guaranteed tickets for forthcoming Manchester United FC games at Old Trafford from their official ticket partner.
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Away Friendly Pubs near Old Trafford
Pubs in the immediate vicinity of the stadium are extremely partisan and best avoided by away fans. The Quadrant is within about 10 minutes of Old Trafford, in the direction of the Lancashire Cricket Ground.
Alternatively, the Bridge, in Sale is only two stops and 8 minutes from the stadium by Metro. The Bricklayers Arms in Altrincham (see Where to Park?) is away friendly, serves excellent food and allows patrons to park for the afternoon.
Hotels near Old Trafford
The Ramada Manchester Hotel, 17 Trafford Road, Manchester, M5 3AW is a modern, value for money hotel which has received excellent reviews from visiting fans. Easily accessible from the M60, it is just a short walk from the Old Trafford stadium. On-site parking is available at a reasonable daily charge.
The Manchester (Old Trafford) Premier Inn (pictured, right), M17 1WS is excellently located for visitors to Old Trafford, as it is situated directly opposite the ground. A stylish, modern hotel, it offers quality accommodation at excellent rates. Free on-site parking is available.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Old Trafford?
Numerous fans have reported being disappointed by their visit to the “Theatre of Dreams.” However, this may partly be due to unduly high expectations brought about by the stadium’s somewhat pretentious nickname. However, having negotiated the steep steps to the concourse, most visitors found it adequate, though somewhat cramped, with a fair range of refreshments on offer.
Away fans have been just about universal in their praise for the excellent view of play from the away sections. Most recommended obtaining upper tier tickets, if available, with the view described as “fantastic.”