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There plenty of places to sit in Old Trafford – but where’s best? Although it looks a little out of place, the South Stand (which may well be replaced in the not-too-distant future) arguably offers the best views to see United hit the back of the net and top the Premiership league table, particularly from the front – as you get unrestricted views of the best parts of Old Trafford – the “Theatre of Dreams” as it is nicknamed. You get a decent view from the away section, too.
Visiting supporters occupy the adjoining sections of the East and South stands, and are usually designated 3,000 tickets.
Manchester United tickets for home (and away) games are difficult to come by, especially if you’re not a member. For membership and ticket enquiries, visit the club’s website or check out FootballFanCast Manchester United Tickets page for exclusive offers.
No trip to Old Trafford is complete without a visit to the Sir Matt Busby Statue, a legend in the beautiful game who would be amongst your top managerial picks when composing a fantasy football team. The statue fronts the impressive green glassed East Stand façade, located outside the ground, The clock and plaque in remembrance of the Munich disaster are just as special.
On non-matchdays (sometimes a minimum 2 days before or after a game), you can also visit the club museum and trophy room and learn about the club’s history and the great players and managers to have graced the Theatre of Dreams, as well as the tragedy of the Munich Air Disaster and how that and the subsequent recovery have shaped the club’s identity. You can also take a tour of Old Trafford. It is advisable to book a place on a tour online or over the phone to avoid disappointment
North/South Stand Centre £50.00 £20.00 All Stands £10**
North Stand Upper Wings £47.00 £20.00
South Stand Wings £42.00 £20.00
North Stand Tier 2 Centre £44.00 £20.00
North Stand Tier 2 Wings £42.00 £20.00
North/ South Lower Wings £42.00 £20.00
North and South Lower Centre £44.00 £20.00
North East Quadrants Tier 2 £42.00 £20.00
North West Quadrants Tier 2 £42.00 £20.00
North East Quadrants Tier 1 £38.00 £19.00
North West Quadrants Tier 1 £38.00 £19.00
East Stand Upper £37.00 £18.50
West Stand Upper £37.00 £18.50
East Stand Tier 2 £37.00 £18.50
West Stand Tier 2 £37.00 £18.50
Family Stand £35.00 £17.50
North Stand Tier 3 £34.00 £17.00
East Stand Lower £28.00 £14.00
West Stand Lower £28.00 £14.00
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GETTING TO Old Trafford
Old Trafford Metrolink station is 1/2 mile from the stadium. Exit the station into Warwick Road, passing the cricket ground on the left. Continue through two sets of ATS and into Sir Matt Busby Way.
Trafford Bar station is situated at the junction of Seymour Grove and Talbot Road, some ¾ of a mile from the stadium. This is a good stop for those heading for the ‘Tollgate’ public house or the restaurants at the White City Retail Park.
Exchange Quay is alternative on the Eccles route. This is ideal for supporters wishing to visit the Salford Quays area prior to or after the game. The ground is approx. ½ mile from this area and can be clearly seen. Access is either via Trafford Road or over the foot bridge adjacent to The Lowry Centre and Imperial War Museum (North).
Overland trains from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road, stop on match days at Old Trafford football ground. (Station halt)
Last midweek trains: There is only a limited service from Manchester Piccadilly to London on Saturdays.
Stick the address in your Sat Nav: Old Trafford Stadium, Sir Matt Busby Way, M16 0RA, Manchester.
Car parking is very limited in the streets near to the stadium. A resident’s parking scheme is in operation on match days and those streets to which the scheme applies are clearly sign posted. There are a number of car parks in the vicinity of the stadium for a fee.
For secure parking, try one of the following options. Official Manchester United Car Parks which surround the stadium or the Official Match Day Car Parks to the south of the stadium, including the Centrica Building, Lancashire County Cricket Club and Trafford Town Hall
Old Trafford Cricket Ground costs £5 but arrive early (before 1pm) as arriving later means a delayed exit after. Salford Quays Lowry Mall is another option, ten minute walk away from the stadium, cost, £3. This way you leave Manchester onto the M601 which joins up with the M62/M6, avoiding the congestion of traffic heading south.
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Where to drink
The three pubs nearest the ground (The Trafford, Sam Platts and The Bishops Blaize) generally won’t let you in if you wear away colours. The best bet is probably the city centre or along one of the stops on the Metrolink. On my last couple of visits I have drank at the Quadrant pub which had a mixture of home and away fans and a couple of handy Chinese/Chippies nearby. The pub is about a 10-15 minute walk away from Old Trafford, in the direction of the Cricket Ground (see tip for parking below for more info). Andy Syborn adds ‘away fans are okay to drink in the Bridge at Sale. It is two stops from Old Trafford on the Metro (about eight minutes journey time)’. Alternatively alcohol is normally served within the ground, although for some high profile games the Club opt not to sell any. Further down the Chester Road you’ll find The Gorse Hill Hotel, a big traditional pub with a big traditional telly. (Note: away supporters are generally expected to hide colours).
Where to Eat
Plenty of refreshment kiosks inside as you would expect, basic food with pies, kit kats, but no balti pies. Beer available in the away end as well at a price of £3, be prepared to be searched before you enter but the stewards are somewhat jovial which is nice. Try the “curry mile” in Wilmslow Rd, Rushholm – more Indian restaurants in one mile than anywhere in the country. Alternatively, if you get off the Metrolink one stop early at Trafford Bar (not a pub) you’ll see the Tollgate Inn, which does hot food. Other decent food options can be found in nearby Salford Quays. There’s also a fish and chip shop on the corner of Sir Matt Busby Way and the usual burger/takeaway vans outside the ground.
Where to Stay
The Ramada Manchester Hotel, 17 Trafford Road, Manchester, M5 3AW
The Ramada has a stylist collection of luxury rooms at a very reasonable price. Complete with a host of fantastic reviews and less that one kilometer from Old Trafford, the Ramada is one the premier choice hotels for supporters all season long.
Old Trafford Lodge, Talbot Rd, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0PX
At the Old Trafford Lodge, you could probably catch a bit of the football without leaving your room. The hotel comes complete with a view of the actual Old Trafford pitch offering a unique edge to your stay in Manchester. Reviews have been exceptional with particular reference to the quality of the room and staff. Prices are very competitive and complimentary parking is available.
Chesters Hotel and Restaurant, 730 Chester Road, Old Trafford, Manchester, M32 0RS
Chesters Hotel and Restaurant offers superb facilities at a reasonable price. The rooms come complete with their own en-suite bathrooms and the added restaurant offers an eclectic mix of dishes to suit even the most fussy customers. Reviews have noted the cleanliness of the rooms and the superb food quality. Chesters is just a two minute walk from Old Trafford.
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