Old Trafford – Venue Information
History of Old Trafford
Old Trafford was conceived by Manchester United chairman John Henry Davies who donated funds to build a ground fit for a First Division and FA Cup winning team and was designed by architect Archibald Leitch. Its initial capacity was approximately 80,000 standing.
In 1936, a 80-yard-long roof was added to what is now known as the Sir Alex Ferguson stand. In 1941, a German air raid destroyed much of the stadium, forcing the club to play their “home” games at Maine Road stadium. Manchester United returned home in 1949.
After being converted to an all-seater stadium in the early ’90s, the capacity of the stadium was reduced to around 44,000 before being increased by various stands throughout the next decade.
Old Trafford’s most recent expansion was finished in May 2006 – in March 2007, over 76,000 people saw United beat Blackburn Rovers.
Facilities and structure
Old Trafford is surrounded by four stands for the fans – these are known as Sir Alex Ferguson (North), Sir Bobby Charlton (South) and the East and West stands.
Sir Alex Ferguson Stand
The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand can hold around 26,000 spectators – the most out of the four stands, in addition to being able to house fans in hospitality suites and executive boxes. As the main stand, it also features most of the facilities, such as the Red Café and the Manchester United museum and trophy room.
The stand gained its current name on the 5th of November 2011, in honour of Alex Ferguson’s 25-year manager position at the club. A statue in his honour can be seen outside the stand.
Sir Bobby Charlton Stand
This Southern stand contains most of the executive suits and is regularly used by VIPs who come to watch matches. The stand gained its current name on the 3rd of April 2016 in honour of legend Bobby Charlton who debuted 60 years ago that day.
Known by every football fan under its colloquial name, “Stretford End”, the stand is home to the noisiest and most impassioned fans. The stand received a second tier of seating in the 2000-01 season. A statue of acclaimed striker Denis Law, known as “King of Stretford End” can be found on the upper concourse.
The East Stand is home to the club’s administrative centre, the statue of Matt Busby and the Manchester United club shop, so there is plenty to see. Across the Sir Matt Busby Way from the East Stand the popular “United Trinity” statue can be found which celebrates Manchester United icons George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton.
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