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Theatre of Dreams
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Member Name: Jarisleif
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Advantages: Manchester United
Disadvantages: Not easy to get a match day ticket
Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams. First opened in 1910 and found on Sir Matt Busby Way (formerly Warwick Road), this is a near 76,000 capacity all-seater stadium used by Premier League giants, Manchester United. Having been to Old Trafford numerous times since the early 1980s, I've seen the stadium go through various changes ranging from the eradication of standing areas to the stadium having capacity increases on all sides of the ground and corners.
I can't begin to say how good the atmosphere used to be in the Stretford End before it became compulsory to have all-seater stadiums, but that's not what I'm here to review anyway. What I can talk about, though, is how the stadium and surround is now.
If you're just visiting Old Trafford for the grounds and museum tour, you will first visit the museum itself which was opened by the legendary Brazilian ace, Pelé in 1998. The museum houses various trophies, cups and shields won by Manchester United, as well as memorabilia donated by players past and present. You will have the pleasure to see shirts, boots, medals and caps to name a few from legends such as David Beckham, George Best and Ryan Giggs. Also look out for the Hall of Legends, the Gary Neville tribute room, a life-size figure of Peter Schmeichel and, of course, the Munich memorial room.
On the tour, you'll find your tour guide is always willing to answer any questions you have, although they do have other bookings so they don't like to keep waiting around too long. Expect to sit in the North and South stands, visit the dugouts, changing rooms, interview room, and walk down the tunnel into the arena along the way and the taking of photographs is permitted to give your visit a memorable experience.
Match day, Old Trafford can be as loud as any venue I've ever been in. I've not been in every stand or section of the stadium but most are very easily accessible. The drinks and snacks are good but as with any Premier League stadium, often pricey. Be sure to take home a souvenir match programme to make your trip complete.
Outside the ground, you can see the famous Munich clock and a tribute to the Busby Babes, and above the Megastore is a statue of the late, great, Sir Matt Busby. Directly opposite the statue and across the road is the trinity statue of Best, Law and Charlton.
Summary: Where legends are made