Manchester United – Old Trafford

Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, is one of the most famous football grounds in the world. It is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity just shy of 76,000.

Away supporters are placed in one corner of the ground, the East and South (main) stands. Old Trafford has some idiosyncratic features such as the elevated playing surface, which the players access from the corner of the South Stand.

Outside the stadium, 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.

Find out more about Old Trafford today:

Old Trafford Stadium Key Facts

StadiumKey Facts

Capacity

76,000

Address

Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA

Telephone

0161 282 4000

Fax

0161 868 8804

Ticket Office

0161 868 8000

Rival Club

Liverpool F.C.

Pitch Size

105 by 68 metres (114.8 yd × 74.4 yd)

Pitch Type

Desso GrassMaster

Year Ground Opened

19 February 1910

Record Attendance

76,962

Club Name

Manchester United F.C.

Rival Club

Liverpool F.C.

Official Website

https://www.manutd.com/

Facebook

Manchester United Facebook

Club Nickname

The Red Devils

Construction Cost

£90,000

Owner

Manchester United F.C.

Coordinates

53.4631° N, 2.2913° W

How to Get to Old Trafford

The ways to get to Old Trafford are:

Getting to Old Trafford By Road

If driving to Old Trafford, simply put the address of Old Trafford Stadium, Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA in your sat nav.

Old Trafford is 2 miles to the southwest of Manchester 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.

Getting to Old Trafford By Rail

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.

Train station near old trafford

However, visiting fans have advised that after a match Old Trafford Metrolink becomes very 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

Travelling By Air to Old Trafford

Manchester Airport is within 10 miles, with regular train connections to Manchester Piccadilly station.

Taxis to Old Trafford

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.

Ubers also serve the area, although are very busy after matches.

Old Trafford Map

Below is a map of Old Trafford:

Where Can I Park Near Old Trafford Stadium?

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.

Where to park for Old Trafford

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.

Getting Tickets for Old Trafford Matches

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.

It is always advisable to have tickets in advance and never to buy from touts outside of the ground.

Old Trafford Seating Plan

Below is the official seating plan for Old Trafford.

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Away Friendly Pubs Near Old Trafford

Pubs in the immediate vicinity of Old Trafford 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.

Away friendly pubs near Old Trafford

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.

Premier inn Old Trafford is 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?

Known as the “Theatre of Dreams” fans are pretty much always positive about their visits to Old Trafford.

Although some complain of steep steps to the concourse, most visitors found it adequate, with a fair range of refreshments on offer.

What do fans think of Old Trafford

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.”

Amazing is the only word for it. It really is the stadium of dreams. Although I have only been once, and that was many years ago, I still remember it to this day and I will remember it forever. The atmosphere is just totally electric and you feel like you are part of something amazing. Ben from Lincoln.

Old Trafford History

The Old Trafford stadium, often known as “The Theatre of Dreams,” first opened its doors on February 19, 1910, with a seating capacity of 80,000. Old Trafford was utilised by the military as a depot during WWII and was seriously damaged by a German bombing attack on March 11, 1941.

Following the war, the stadium was repaired and reopened on August 24, 1949.

Floodlighting was installed in 1957, allowing evening matches, and a project to cover the stands with roofs was finished in 1959.

Capacity at Old Trafford reached 56,385 in 1985 after a series of extensions in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s. The stadium’s capacity was decreased to around 44,000 by 1992 after it was converted to an all-seater configuration, the lowest in its history. Following that, Manchester United proceeded to extend capacity across the stadium, increasing capacity to around 58,000 in 1996, 68,000 in 2000, and 76,000 in 2006. Old Trafford has a current capacity of 75,454.

Old Trafford has hosted an FA Cup Final, two final replays, and has been a neutral venue for the competition’s semi-finals on other occasions.

It has also hosted England matches, matches at the 1966 World Cup, Euro 96, and the 2012 Summer Olympics, including for the first time in its existence, women’s international football, and the 2003 Champions League Final.

Outside of football, it has hosted the Super League Grand Final every year except 2020, as well as the Rugby League World Cup finals in 2000 and 2013. United has called Old Trafford home since 1910, though the team shared Maine Road with Man City from 1941 to 1949 due to the Second World War.

Outside Old Trafford

Old Trafford is a stunning and iconic football ground, check out the stunning stadium below:

Events at Old Trafford

Aside from sporting events, Old Trafford has hosted a number of concerts, including performances by Bon Jovi, Genesis, Bruce Springsteen, Status Quo, Rod Stewart and Simply Red.

In September 1994, an edition of Songs of Praise was recorded there.

Private occasions, such as weddings, Christmas parties, and business conferences, are frequently held at Old Trafford. In February 1996, the Premier Suite hosted the first wedding at the facility.

Old Trafford Stadium Tours

The Museum is available to the public, and the Stadium Tour takes you through the players’ tunnel, along with a walk beside the world-famous pitch and a visit to the dugouts, before ending with a view from the Ability Platform. There will also be lots of opportunities for photographs.

Museum and Stadium Tours are open from 9:30 a.m. to 16:00 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 17:00 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, except on home matchdays when it is closed.

The tour prices are listed below:

  • Prebooked adult – £25
  • Junior/Concession – £18+
  • Education Groups – £5+

Free parking is also available on car park E2.

We recommend booking online ahead of time to minimise disappointment as well as to save £2 per person above walk-up costs. On the day of the event, bring a printed copy of your print-at-home ticket. You can also make a booking by contacting +44 161 676 7770.

I came here as a late Christmas present and had a wonderful time, the history of the place and the events that have gone on there was overwhelming. The tour is absolutely recommended and the museum is worth every penny.

Old Trafford Wikipedia

Old Trafford FAQ

Why is the stadium called Old Trafford?

Old Trafford takes its name from the two Trafford Halls, Old Trafford Hall and New Trafford Hall. The region around Old Trafford Hall may have been shortened to Old Trafford as a result of this.

What is the biggest stand at Old Trafford?

The biggest stand at Old Trafford is the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.

How long is the tour of Old Trafford?

The Old Trafford Stadium tour lasts 80 minutes.

Do I need ID to get into Old Trafford?

ID is advised when attending matches for people who have bought tickets.

Does Old Trafford have real grass?

Old Trafford has a Desso hybrid pitch which is natural sporting grass with deep artificial turf fibres.

What is Old Trafford away end capacity?

Up to 3,000 fans can be accommodated at Old Trafford’s away end.

Which is the away end at Old Trafford?

The stadium’s away turnstiles are placed in the southeast corner.

Summary of Old Trafford

The legendary football team Manchester United owns this beautiful and entertaining stadium. Old Trafford is the oldest and largest football stadium in the United Kingdom.

Old Trafford has a tremendous atmosphere, fantastic match-days, and great facilities, making it a local and supporter favourite.

If you haven’t already done so, you should add it to your bucket list; it’s an occasion not to be missed.

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As the Founder of Away Grounds, I love travelling to watch football matches throughout the UK. I play soccer for Leigh Genesis FC and support Man Utd. I set up Away Grounds with the desire to share my passion for football with other like-minded footy fans. When travelling to away fixtures there was not enough information on a football away days guide so we have set up to bridge this gap. I apologise when I use the term "Soccer" but we have some US followers also lol