|Clubs||Manchester United FC|
|Renovations||1941, 1951, 1957, 1973, 1995-2000, 2006|
|Recod attendance||76 962 (Wolves - Grimsby, FA Cup, 25.03.1939)|
|Projekt||Archibald Leitch (1909)|
|Adres||Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester|
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Description: Old Trafford
Manchester United have been playing home games at Old Trafford since 1910, only stopping after the ground was raided by Nazi bombers during WWII. Ironically, the ground has been open after renovations for only 3 days when bombs destroyed most of the main stand with its infrastructure on March 11, 1941.
It took over 8 years for United to return to their home ground from neighbouring Maine Road. First game at Old Trafford after rebuilding was the Bolton Wanderers fixture from August 27, 1949, which brought over 41,000 people into the venue.
In last decades the stadium has been subject to major changes, firstly because of the Taylor Report "all-seater stadia" rule that also included necessity to cover all spectators from the rain. On one hand the ground benefited from the scheme, having one of the largest centilever roofs in Europe. On the other hand, though, a stadium once famous for vibrant atmosphere - especially at the western Stretford End terraces, is now known for being among the most quiet grounds in Premier League.
Ground is commonly known as the Theatre of Dreams, a phrase first used by Bobby Charlton.
Apart from being the home of Manchester United, Old Trafford was also the site of many prestigious sporting events, most notably the 1966 World Cup, 1996 European Championship, 2003 Champions League final and 2012 Olympics football tournaments.
England: Away fans must be placed pitch-side
From the 2017/18 Premier League season no club will be allowed to place away supporters far from the field. At least one section has to be placed just behind the field.
Premier League Stadium Tours
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New list: These 20 clubs draw biggest crowds
Only six countries have any representation in this ranking. Here is the elite list of clubs that manage to draw 46,000 people or more every single game!
Manchester: Costly bomb scare at Old Trafford
Premier League season unexpectedly became two days longer after Man United – Bournemouth game had to be abandoned and will take place on Tuesday. Extremely realistic-looking training bomb was found in a toilet.
Manchester: Sir Bobby got his stand at Old Trafford
From yesterday onwards, the south stand at Old Trafford will be named Sir Bobby Charlton Stand, honouring the man who played over 600 games for United.
Manchester: Old Trafford might reach 88,000
Unexpected news came from ESPN’s Andy Mitten, journalist and Manchester United supporter. He claims United have plans to expand Old Trafford to 80,000 first, later possibly 88,000.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
Manchester: Old Trafford naming rights deal is off-limits
After Liverpool FC, now it’s Manchester United who rule out any naming rights deal for their stadium. That might seriously damage fragile relations with supporters for American owners.
Premier League: Most clubs ‘inflate’ attendances
Here’s another argument for fans claiming there’s something wrong with the game in England. Arsenal alone inflated its attendance for 2013/14 by almost 174,000 fans compared to actual numbers.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
England: Fans to protest ticket prices again
On August 14 supporters from across England will demonstrate in London, showing their outrage with pricing policies at Premier League clubs. Some season tickets have risen by 30-40% for the upcoming season and only Manchester City offers any season ticket below £300.
England: Premier League stadiums not fit for disabled fans
Only 3 of the 20 Premier League grounds meet all guidelines in terms of accessibility. World's richest league made little progress despite current guidelines being 10 years old.
Finances: Matchday revenue top 20
It may be a global report, but only European clubs from six countries were able to reach the top 20 list of richest football teams. Each of them earns well over €100 million per year with a fifth of that revenue coming from stadium matchday use.
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Manchester: Ideas to improve (?) Old Trafford's matchday atmosphere
Wired magazine asked famous Populous architects to give their best ideas of atmosphere enhancement at Old Trafford. The outcome is a set of sometimes shocking measures. But does this actually improve the atmosphere?
Manchester: Terracing at Old Trafford? United are open to the concept
Current exits and stairways are probably too narrow, but if that can be changed, Manchester United are willing to give it a try. The club are to analyse the viability of such conversion and may support the reintroduction of standing sections in England.
Manchester: United fans score, club 'concerned' about Old Trafford's future
Manchester United Supporters Trust succeeded in making Old Trafford a 'community asset', which makes any sale of the stadium more difficult for club owners. Obviously, the club demands a review and is concerned that this might set a precedent. But it may not, the precedent had already been set before.
Attendances: Most interesting numbers of 10+ Ranking 2013 (part 1)
Some of you already know them from our facebook account, others may have their very first look at some of Europe's most impressive attendances in football. Part 1 presents clubs that gained/lost most fans last season, as well as clubs that reign their countries in terms of home crowds.
London: Supporters protest against ticket (over)pricing
Average price of the cheapest season ticket for 2013/14 Premier League grew once again and stands at over £500. Overall, entry fees have gone up by whopping 718% since 1989, when the reform of English football began ahead of Premier League’s establishment.