Manchester United vs Stoke City
Saturday 20th October
Barclays Premier League
Kick Off 3pm
Old Trafford Stadium
Sir Matt Busby Way
OLD TRAFFORD is the second largest stadium in England, behind Wembley, boasting a capacity of 75,811 seats.
In the first decade of the 20th century, Manchester United played its matches at a 50,000-stadium at Bank Street, when then president Davies began planning for a new stadium with double that capacity. A site was chosen near Trafford Park industrial estate, and architect Archibald Leitch appointed to design the stadium.
In February 1910 the first match was played at the new stadium, a match between Manchester and Liverpool. Old Trafford counted at that time with one covered seating stand and open terraces on the other three sides. The capacity was slightly over 80,000.
Not many changes were made to the ground until the construction of a roof over the United Road terrace in 1934. In 1939 the stadium recorded its highest attendance of 76,962 during an FA Cup semi-final match between Wolves and Grimsby Town.
Due to its proximity to Trafford Park industrial estate, the stadium got heavily damaged by German air raids during World War 2. It took eight years to rebuilt the stadium, the delays being caused by limited post-war resources, and during that time United played at Maine Road, the ground of rivals Manchester City.
In 1949 the club moved back to a reconstructed, though smaller, Old Trafford, and in the following decades incremental improvements and expansions were made to the stadium, culminating in the complete renovation of the United Road (North) Stand in the 60s. This stand also held the first private boxes to be constructed at a British ground. During the 1966 World Cup the stadium hosted three group matches.
The early 90s saw Old Trafford being converted into an all-seater, the demolition of the famous Stratford End terraces to be replaced with the new West Stand, and the complete reconstruction of the North Stand. By the start of Euro 1996 this had resulted in a stadium that could hold about 56,000 fans.
During the Euro 1996 championships Old Trafford hosted three group matches, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between the Czech Republic and France (0-0). In the years following, second tiers were constructed on top of the East and West Stand.
In 2003 the stadium hosted for the first time a European cup final: the Champions League final between Milan and Juventus (0-0). A few years later the most recent changes to the stadium were made with the closing of the second tier corners on both sides of the North Stand, leading to the stadium's current capacity.
Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and take the A556 in the direction of Manchester Airport.
Continue onto the M56 to Manchester, passing the airport, and follow signs to the M60 (Leeds / Liverpool).
Leave the M60 at Junction 7 (A56 Chester Road) and follow signs for Manchester United onto Sir Matt Busby Way.
(Please note: From 90 minutes prior to kick off, access to Sir Matt Busby Way from Chester Road is closed due to police instructions.)
Take the train from Stoke-On-Trent station direct to any of the City centre stations.
Northern Rail run services from each of the stations direct to Old Trafford on matchdays. Please telephone National Rail enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for more information.
33 miles, with an approximate travel time of 55 minutes.
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