How Old Trafford changed over time

Manchester - Old TraffordManchester - Old Trafford 18.08.2015: FAVOURITE ARTICLE | Old Trafford is home of the “Red devils” from Manchester, and has already celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the first match played there. Over the years, Old Trafford has hosted many important events and has gone through many renovations. And the result is one of the most legendary stadiums in the world, which is about to get renovated several more times. One of the planned alterations is to increase the stadium capacity up to 96,000.

This would mean that Old Trafford would have a greater capacity than the famous Wembley Stadium, which can hold up to 90,000 visitors.

Old Trafford was officially opened in 1910. Manchester United moved to their new stadium from the old one in Bank Street, Clayton. The new stadium was built in 1909 and cost 60,000 pounds, which was a record sum in those times. It is situated in the west part of Manchester. The stadium was designed by famous Scottish architect Archibald Leitch, who also designed Hampden Park, Scotland’ National Stadium, Ibrox Stadium, home of Glasgow Rangers, and White Hart Lane, home of Tottenham Hotspur.

In 1911 and in 1915 the stadium hosted the FA Cup final matches. During the Second World War the stadium was badly damaged, so United had to move to Maine Road, the home of their rivals, Manchester City. In 1966 Old Trafford hosted several World Cup matches and in 1970 it again hosted the FA Cup final match, this time between Chelsea and Leeds United. In the 1970s Old Trafford was the first stadium, which got a perimeter fence to protect it from vandals. In the mid-1960s the stadium underwent the first major renovation, which was done to the North and East stands – terracing was built at the front and a large seated area in the back.

Old Trafford, Opended: 1910, Capacity: 75 635

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In the 1990s, following the Hillsborough disaster, the Taylor Report recommended that all major stadiums in England should be turned into all-seater stadiums. The principal plan from the 1960s had been completed, but the Old Trafford capacity was decreased to 44,000, which the management considered as insufficient. Between 1995 and 2002 the stadium capacity was increased up to 76,212, which is quite an impressive number. The principal alteration was made to the North Stand, which is now 61 meters high and has the biggest roof in Europe. The construction of the stadium, including the construction of the Manchester United Museum, which has three storeys and an always full trophy room, cost 19 million pounds. The stadium also hosted the Euro 96 semi-finals and the 2003 Champions League final. |


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