17 Facts About Old Trafford


Old Trafford is a football stadium in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, and the home of Manchester United.

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Old Trafford has hosted an FA Cup Final, two final replays and was regularly used as a neutral venue for the competition's semi-finals.

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The first match to be played under floodlights at Old Trafford was a First Division match between Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers on 25 March 1957.

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Old Trafford hosted its first major European final three years later, playing host to the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final between Milan and Juventus.

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Old Trafford celebrated its 100th anniversary on 19 February 2010.

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Old Trafford was used as a venue for several matches in the football competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Since 2006, Old Trafford has been used as the venue for Soccer Aid, a biennial charity match initially organised by singer Robbie Williams and actor Jonathan Wilkes; however, in 2008, the match was played at Wembley Stadium.

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On 27 March 2021, Old Trafford hosted its first game of the Manchester United women's team, with West Ham United as the opposition in the Women's Super League.

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Old Trafford pitch is surrounded by four covered all-seater stands, officially known as the Sir Alex Ferguson, East, Sir Bobby Charlton and West Stands.

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Opposite the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand is the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand, formerly Old Trafford's main stand and previously known as the South Stand.

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East Stand at Old Trafford was the second to be converted to a cantilever roof, following the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.

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Old Trafford was formerly divided into sections, with each section sequentially assigned a letter of the alphabet.

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Old Trafford has played host to both codes of rugby football, although league is played there with greater regularity than union.

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Old Trafford hosted the second Great Britain vs Australia Ashes tests on both the 1990 and 1994 Kangaroo Tours.

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Old Trafford was chosen to host the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Final.

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In January 2019, Old Trafford was selected to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup finals, with the men's and women's matches being played as a double header.

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Old Trafford is regularly used for private functions, particularly weddings, Christmas parties and business conferences.

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