Stadium Info – Old Trafford & City Etihad Stadium

| February 6, 2018 | 0 Comments


The Old Trafford officially opened 19th February 1910 with a match between Manchester and Liverpool. During the years it has grown in the capacity to stop at 74,994 seats being the second largest stadium in the country. Playing venue in 1966 World Cup, 1996 European Championships and the European final in 2003. In 2006. the biggest North stand got renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Stand as a tribute to the club’s long-time manager. Nicknamed “The Theater of Dreams” by Manchester United legend, Sir Bobby Charlton, the stadium is a handsome venue providing valuable sports experience on the grounds with a long soccer tradition of one the best teams in the world.

old Trafford


If arriving by car keep in mind that there are road works around the stadium due to be finished 2020.


Car parking permits are received, and you need to bring yours on the match day. Trafford Council operates a pay-to-park facility on match days within the Trafford Village area of Trafford Park. The parking charge is £4 in allocated parking bays on-street. Payment can be made via RingGo using a mobile phone or app on the day of an event.

Access to car parks E1 & E2 can only be gained via Wharfside Way with the relevant permits. Anyone attempting to access via Chester Road will be directed around the traffic system, which may cause further delays. Caution should be taken when using unapproved parking sites because it could result in a ticket being issued.

Stadium plan:

There are four stands in the stadium, Sir Alex Ferguson Stand ( North), West, South and East stand.Visiting supporters to Manchester United are placed within the corner between the south and east stands.

Old Trafford seating plan


The stadium is accessible to disabled visitors, including wheelchair users, with lift access to all floors. There is a small number of manual wheelchairs available for hire from the ground floor reception of the museum. Assistance dogs are welcome in the museum and on the stadium tour. There are ‘here to help’ stewards on match days and ‘here to help’ booths located throughout the stadium and clearly visible.

Manchester United offers guided tours of 70 minute (approx.) that include the dugouts, players tunnel, and the Manchester United Museum and run 7 days a week from 09:40 to 16:30 except on match days. Price is about £18.00.

Red Caffe is situated on the third floor of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. Open to the public every day, except on match days when the restaurant is reserved for the club’s hospitality package members.


The modern stadium also known as Eastlands with the capacity of 55,000 seats was build for, and originally the venue of the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The stadium was initially called the City of Manchester Stadium but was renamed in 2011 Etihad Stadium due to a 10-year sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways. Etihad Stadium is located toward the east of Manchester at about 8 km from Manchester’s city centre.In 2008, Etihad Stadium hosted the UEFA Cup final between Zenit St Petersburg and Rangers FC (2-0). 

Stadium new Etihad


If you arriving by car, “pay on the day” car parking is available on site in the Blue Car Park’s G & H, accessed from Alan Turing Way (Gate 2). The car park is open 3 hours before kick-off until 1 hour after the final whistle on the day of the match. Price is £10.00. No parking is allowed at resident parking as you will be fined and your vehicle may be clamped or removed. The best way to beat the traffic after a match is to stay and enjoy the post-match fun in City Square at the Stadium. Fully license outdoor bar and café, is a great place to enjoy food and drink and reflect on the game in great company, and before the match, you can hang out at Blue Moon Café offering food and refreshments or take a picture with the life-like image of the manager Pep Guardiola at Family Stand.

Etihad Campus Site map

There are five accessible entrances at the Etihad Stadium: D, H, M1, S and W doors, all of which are clearly signposted. For supporters located on Levels 2 and 3, a lift is available at these entrances. Visiting supporters are placed within one central block of the South Stand. Situated behind one of the goals with a two-tier seating structure giving the fans a choice of whether you want to be closer to the action or have a better overview of the entire pitch. Winter packs are available for the cold days including a Handwarmers and Foil Poncho to keep you warm if needed.


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