Old Trafford

Capacity74 994
Country England
CityManchester
ClubsManchester United FC
Inauguracja 1910
Construction 1909-1910
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.

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