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Further improvements were made to the ground in the 70s and 80s, mainly consisting of increased seating areas and executive facilities, however with the rise of hooliganism in Britain the stadium also saw the installation of security fences separating the stands from the pitch.

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.

Getting there

 

Old Trafford is located just over 2 miles south-west from Manchester’s city centre, and just under 3 miles from Manchester Piccadilly stadium.

By car, from the M60, take junction 7&8 and turn onto Chester Road (A56) northbound. Follow Chester Road for about 2 miles and turn left onto Sir Matt Busby Way (access closed on matchdays).

By public transport the stadium is best reached by Metrolink overground metro. From Piccadilly Station it’s a 15-minute ride to Old Trafford station, which lies a 5-minute walk away from the stadium.

On matchdays a special train service is provided from most Manchester city centre stations to Old Trafford Stadium rail station.

 

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