Affectionately nicknamed the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ by football legend Bobby Charlton, Old Trafford is home to Manchester United Football Club.
The ground has frequently hosted major domestic and international cup matches as a neutral venue, and welcomed several England international fixtures while the new Wembley Stadium was under construction. It also hosted the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final.
As well as football, rugby union, rugby league and boxing events have been held at Old Trafford.
The design and build
Old Trafford became Manchester United’s permanent home in 1910, but suffered extensive damage in 1941 during the Second World War. The club was forced to relocate to Manchester City’s Maine Road stadium until Old Trafford was rebuilt in 1949.
The stadium has recently been expanded to 76,000 seats, making it the second largest football stadium in the UK and the third largest London 2012 venue, after Wembley Stadium and the new Olympic Stadium.
After the Games
The stadium will continue to host Manchester United matches, and will also be a host venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.