Year Ground Opened: 1910
Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA
Tel: 0161 868 8000
Old Trafford has the second largest capacity of any English football stadium after Wembley holding 76,212 spectators, it is the third largest of any stadium in the United Kingdom, and the eleventh largest in Europe. It is one of two stadia in the country to have been given a five-star rating by UEFA. It offers unrestricted views from all areas and, although high up, the view from the top of the third tier is something quite special. It’s a traditional football stadium and on European nights especially, the atmosphere is unrivaled.
Visiting supporters are accommodated in the Lower South Stand and South East corners of the ground which offer exceptional unobstructed views of the pitch accommodating up to 3,000 fans. Facilities in terms of toilets are very good but refreshments can be expensive and queues at half time are very long. Leg room between rows is at a premium but no overly uncomfortable.
Pubs in the immediate vicinity include the Trafford, at the junction of Sir Matt Busby Way and Chester Road, which, primarily due to its location has a tendency to get very busy as kick off approaches. It doesn’t offer anything out of the ordinary, but there are several small screen televisions showing the early kick off. Bishop’s Blaize is a typical Wetherspoons establishment on Chester Road, round the corner from Sir Matt Busby Way, which offers the usual food and drink fare. Again, it’s pretty standard stuff.
Lou Macari’s fish and chip shop at the top of Sir Matt Busby Way is always incredibly popular before kick off and is handily situated 2 minutes from the ground and next door to a bookies to get that pre match bet on!
Parking can be expensive around the stadium. Advice from fans would be to use Salford Quays Lowry Mall, a ten minute walk away from the stadium, the cost of which is £3. Street parking is very limited and you’d need to arrive very early to be in with any chance of finding a space within a 15 minute walk. There are many ‘football’ car parks ranging from £6 to £10 per car.
Manchester is well-served by trains from all over the United Kingdom. There are three mainline stations – Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly which form a triangle in the main city centre, Most trains stop at the larger Manchester Piccadilly, though some Liverpool – Leeds/Bradford/Huddersfield use Manchester Victoria instead.
Old Trafford has its own railway station often referred to as Manchester United FC Halt or Old Trafford Halt on the Liverpool Lime Street – Manchester Piccadilly line, open on matchdays only. Entrance to the ground is via a narrow set of turnstiles off the platform.