Saturday, June 9, 2007

Ground focus -Old Trafford.





A total of �114 million has been spent by the club in the last 14 years on stadium redevelopment but the total cost for a new South Stand would almost equal that sum again with estimates in the region of �90-100 million. However, the long-term goal for the club must remain to rebuild the South stand in a similar style to the North and with filled SW/SE corners would make a whopping 96,000 all seater capacity - larger than the new 90,000 Wembley.


Old Trafford is undoubtedly one of the greatest and most famous sporting arena's in the world. In an era where many clubs are moving from their traditional homes and although down the years it has changed beyond all recognition, the magic of Old Trafford will always remain. On a big match day or European night the atmosphere is as good as any venue in world football. The Theatre of Dreams (as Bobby Charlton named it) is the biggest club ground in Britain and a fitting home for the world's most famous football club.

Old Trafford total capacity: 76,212

(capacity numbers are not exact figures)


North Stand: 25,500 = 102 rows of seats
Lower: 4,250 = 17 rows
Upper: 8,000 = 32 rows
2nd tier: 8,250 = 34 rows
3rd tier: 5,000 = 19 rows

East Stand: 11,500 = 89 rows
East Stand lower: 1,500 = 17 rows (disabled section)
East Stand upper: 4,000 = 32 rows
East 2nd Tier: 6000 = 40 rows

West Stand: 12,000 = 89 rows
West Stand lower: 2,000 = 17 rows
West Stand upper: 4,000 = 32 rows
West 2nd Tier: 6000 = 40 rows

South Stand: 11,500 = 48 rows
Lower: 2,500 = 11 rows
Upper: 8,500 = 37 rows

Lower corners: 1,500 = 48 rows x 4

Upper North East Quadrant: 4,000 = 33 rows (maximum)

Upper North West Quadrant: 4,000 = 33 rows (maximum)

Executive boxes: 1,000



(Determined by highest attendance of the period)

1910-1939: Capacity: 80,000

1945-1960: Capacity: 67,000

1960-1974: Capacity: 65,000

1975-1980: Capacity: 60,000

1980-1988: Capacity: 58,000

1988-1990: Capacity: 48,000

1990-1994: Capacity: 45,000

1994-1996: Capacity: 43,000

1996-1999 Capacity: 55,000

2000-2001 Capacity: 61,000

2001-2005 Capacity: 68,000

2006 Capacity: 76,212

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