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 you’d expect for such a prestigious sporting venue, tickets for most Manchester United games are rather like gold dust – even with such a large capacity stadium. For most home matches, the club put tickets on sale to Official Members at the start of the season. Then, once Official Members have had priority, they may go on sale to non-Members, subject to availability, though this is pretty uncommon. This leaves three realistic options for purchasing tickets through the official route – either paying for membership (which starts at £20 for adults), banking on tickets going on general sale for one of the less attractive games, or coughing up for an expensive hospitality package.
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.