Dubbed the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford is one of the world’s most iconic football stadiums. Home to Manchester United since 1910, it has been significantly refurbished over the years in response to the club’s growing popularity and today has a capacity of over 75,000, making it Britian’s biggest club ground. Despite attracting fans from around the UK and beyond, match-days at Old Trafford are still notable for the prevalence of distinctive Mancunian accents among the large number of locals who regularly pilgrimage here.
Statues of Manchester United legends outside Old Trafford (Photo: Mister Oy via Flickr)
The Premier League season takes place from August to May, and there are also cup competitions that run simultaneously – though less frequently – throughout these months. There are 19 league games played at Old Trafford each season, and the number of cup games depends on how far the cub progressives in them. A full list of league fixtures are freely available to view online, both on the club’s official website and elsewhere.
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Match tickets for Premier League games at Old Trafford are sold exclusively to Official Members and general sale tickets for league fixtures are extremely rare (though they are sometimes available for cup games). Nevertheless, there are some other ways you can grab yourself a ticket for the more sought-after matches. We’ve dug deep and picked out some of the best below.
As demand is so high for most games, Arsenal tickets do not often go on general sale and so the best way to get hold of them through the official channels is by becoming a club member – though this is probably only worth it if you plan to attend games regularly. Silver Membership is priced at £59 and allows you to purchase tickets (subject to availability) up to three months prior to a home game, while Red Membership costs £29 and allows you to buy tickets around a month before a game. Tickets can be bought via the official website once you’ve logged in with your membership details. Games are divided into Category A, B or C, depending on their importance, with the cheapest seats for a Category C game priced at £31 and £85.50 for a Category A game. Another benefit of membership is the chance to purchase tickets that are returned for sale by Season Ticket Holders through the club’s official Ticket Exchange. If you don’t want to pay for an annual membership, then one other option is a Hospitality package, which can also be purchased online, and offers a lavish match-day experience including champagne on arrival, a gourmet meal and premium seats.
Ticketbis is essentially an online ticket exchange platform that enables users to buy and sell tickets for a wide number of events across sport and entertainment, with tickets often available until the very last moment. This can be highly convenient for those who decide to attend a game spontaneously and have not planned ahead. Ticket pricing is set by users, which inevitably means that high profile games tend to be expensive due to demand, but the flip-side of the coin is that for less prestigious games you can often find a great deal – especially if you search close to kick-off. As with all peer-to-peer platforms, the whole system operates through a certain degree of trust, but the website does what it can to protect users from scammers.
Travel agents Thomas Cook have a dedicated division that combines hotel accommodation with official tickets for premier sports events. For matches at Old Trafford, Thomas Cook Sport have partnered with a number of hotels that are within easy reach of the ground, such as the Hilton Manchester, Novotel Manchester West and Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa. There are a number of optional add-ons including extra nights, an official match programme and stadium/museum tours. You can also upgrade to a hospitality package which includes champagne on arrival, a 3-course meal, complimentary drinks and an appearance by a Man Utd legend. Prices start at £139 per person for 1 night’s accommodation and a match-day ticket.