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Manchester United, Old Trafford

Theatre of Dreams

Old Trafford football stadium (given the nickname The Theatre of Dreams by Bobby Charlton) is the home of Manchester United F.C. Undoubtably the most famous football club in the world. Located in the borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, it has been United's home since 1910. The stadium was bombed in 1941, forcing the club to temporarily share Manchester City's home ground, Maine Road, until the rebuilding of Old Trafford was completed in 1949.

Until the new Wembley Stadium is completed Old Trafford will have the largest ground capacity of any English football stadium, holding just over 68,000 spectators. Planning permission has been granted to expand this to around 76,000 by the 2006-07 season. Currently, the only larger football ground in the United Kingdom is the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Old Trafford is by far the largest club ground in Britain and is, of course, all-seater, which all higher league British club grounds have had to be since the Taylor Report in the early 1990s. It used to frequently be used to host F.A. Cup semi-final matches (as long as Manchester United are not involved, of course), and is also occasionally used to host England international fixtures whilst Wembley is under reconstruction. It also hosted the Champions League final in 2003.

Since 1998, when rugby league adopted play-offs and a Grand Final to determine the Super League champions, Old Trafford has staged the Grand Final.

Name: Old Trafford

Nickname: Theatre of Dreams

Inauguration: 1909

Capacity: 68,000 seats

Record Attendance:
76,962; Wolves v Grimsby, 25 March 1939


Manchester United as we know them, have had other grounds before occupying Old Trafford. The history of the other stadium in order are as follows:

1880-93  North Road, Monsall
1893-10  Bank Street, Clayton
1910- ? Old Trafford
Full Address:

Sir Matt Busby Way
Old Trafford
M16 0RA
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Some excellent views of our Wonderful stadium
Where many of the world's greats have set foot playing for United


Seating Plan