Watch England Cricket in style with Emirates Old Trafford Corporate Hospitality Packages
These days Emirates Old Trafford sees itself as an award winning conference, hospitality and events venue, but it is also home to the great Lancashire County Cricket Club.
And it is a Test venue of note where amazing deeds have been performed.
Emirates Old Trafford has seen countless classic moments including England retaining the Ashes in 2013.
State of the art facilities, customisable space, marketing to the fore, but all part of the finest traditions of modern cricket.
Founded in 1864 as a successor to Manchester Cricket Club, Lancashire have played at Old Trafford ever since.
The club’s limited overs team is called the Lancashire Lightning, a reference to the English Electric Lightning plane which was manufactured in the county.
Lancashire has produced great players down the ages.
Johnny Briggs, whose career lasted from 1879 to 1900, was the first to score 10,000 runs and take 1,000 wickets for Lancashire.
Ernest Tyldesley is the club’s leading run-scorer with 34,222 runs in 573 matches spanning 1909 to 1936, a huge contributor to five County Championship wins between 1926 and 1934.
Cyril Washbrook became Lancashire’s first professional captain in 1954.
Fast bowler Brian Statham took 1,816 wickets in 430 first-class matches between 1950 and 1968. This remains a club record.
Think England captain turned commentator Mike Atherton and the wonderful Ashes deeds of Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff.
Then there was the legendary one day side which included West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, David Lloyd, Barry Wood, Harry Pilling, Frank Hayes, Peter Lever, Ken Shuttleworth, David Hughes and Jack Simmons.
And heroes produce unforgettable moments of brilliance.
Old Trafford is England’s second oldest test venue and one of the most renowned. It was where the first ever Ashes test was held in England in July 1884. In 1956, it saw the first 10-wicket haul in a single innings by England bowler Jim Laker who achieved bowling figures of 19 wickets for 90 runs, a record which is unmatched in Test and first-class cricket. And it was in the 1993 Ashes Test at Old Trafford that brilliant Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne bowled Mike Gatting with the so-called Ball of the Century.
On the facilities side, Old Trafford boasts that the venue provides “an inspirational and unique setting for exhibitions, conferences, meetings, dinners, parties and more”, catering for 10 to 1,200.
There are panoramic pitch views, great catering, and excellent transport links with Manchester city centre just ten minutes away.
Large, red and modern, The Point is an eye-catching conference and event complex.
The award winning Pavilion – alongside The Point – was originally built in 1895, but underwent an intensive £7.5 million redevelopment that was completed in 2013.
With a footbridge linking The Point to the Pavilion, delegates have easy access to breakout rooms and extra syndicate spaces.
The Members Suite, 1864 Suite, BMW Suite, Brown Shipley Club Suite, Players’ Lounge, the Boardroom, executive boxes … Emirates Old Trafford has an amazing variety of offers.
Even the AJ Bell Players & Media Centre transposes into a venue for corporate workshops, training, away days, meetings and team building events while the Indoor Cricket Centre is not just for batting and bowling but magics into yet more event space.
Meanwhile a 150-room Hilton Garden is on the way with the first guests expected in 2017.
All in all a very modern cricket ground.