In the 1991/92 season one of the old bastions of English football was removed – terraces with standing places. The general trend was followed by a Taylor Report written after the Hillsborough tragedy. For United, this meant the demolition of Stretford End, which was quite an emotional experience because of the importance of these world-famous terraces. In their place a new grandstand was built with 10,164 chairs, which cost £10 million.

Old Trafford Stadium – Stadium of Manchester United

“When I joined United nobody wanted to deal with soccer. English bands were banned from playing in Europe, fans were kept behind the fence, the government wanted people to carry registration cards. Soccer was synonymous with trouble. – recalls Brian McClair, who signed a contract with the club in 1987.

The stadium with all its seats caused changes. It’s harder to get up and down sitting and gathering in groups. Not everyone liked it, of course, but after the Heysel and Hillborough tragedies, safety came first.
“One of the reasons Old Trafford attracts crowds is because they feel safe. – adds Brian.
The rebuilding of Stretford End was completed in 1992/93, when Manchester United became the first Premiership champion, a new version of the Premier League FA.

In 1995, the old stand on United Road was demolished and before the 1996 European Championship, the North Stand was built from scratch. This project cost £27 million and raised the stadium’s capacity to 55,000 thanks to a three-level structure with 25,300 seats and the largest roof in the world. Inside the North Stand, a wonderful museum and restaurant called The Red Cafe was designed.

The Manchester United Museum provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the history of the club and the stadium. Here you can see the development of the club’s emblem, many cups won, T-shirts, fragments of matches, and there is also a memorial hall dedicated to the Munich tragedy of February 6, 1958. During a tour of the stadium, you can sit on a bench in the football players’ locker room (the guide shows where each player is always sitting), on a reserve bench, enter the stands, walk through the tunnel where the players go out onto the pitch, etc. Museum opening hours: 9.30 – 17.00. Admission fees to the museum: 5.50 £, package: museum + tour costs 8.5 £.

After conquering the Triple Crown in 1999, the capacity was again increased by adding an additional level with 6,200 seats in the East and West stands (a total of 12,400 chairs were added).

The new interior of the East Stand houses the club’s offices and one of the largest souvenir stores in the world. This project was completed in season 2000/01.

UEFA was impressed by the changes that took place at the stadium and awarded Old Trafford the Champions League final, which took place here on 28 May 2003. (AC Milan won in penalty kicks with Juventus Turin).

Around the stadium there are many attractions attracting tourists from around the world. These include the Lowry – with its art gallery and theater, the Imperial War Museum, the Red Cinema multiplex (owned by the club), one of the world’s largest shopping malls – the giant Trafford Centre, the roofed Daytona karting track, the canals connecting Manchester with the sea, numerous bridges, hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs.

How to get into stadium?

  • by streetcar (Metrolink) – Old Trafford stop on the line to Altrincham or Exchange Quays stop on the line to Eccles
  • by train – Old Trafford has its own train station at the south grandstand. You can get here from Manchester Piccadilly (Manchester Central Station) and from Stockport, Oxford Road and Deansgate stations.
  • by bus – lines 17, 114, 236 and 252-257 to Old Trafford .
  • from the airport – train to Manchester Piccadilly station (25 min.) and then by streetcar, train or bus.
  • by car – Sir Matt Busby Way, side from Chester Road.

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