Old Trafford Home of Manchester United

Old Trafford is the second largest stadium in England and home to Manchester United FC. The stadium has 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.

 

Old Trafford Manchester United
Old Trafford Manchester United

On the 19th of 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.
 

Old Trafford Stadium Manchester United
Old Trafford Stadium Manchester United

 
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.

 

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