Old Trafford is football stadium located in Manchester (England), home ground of Premier League side Manchester United, since 1910.
Having a current capacity of 75,957 seats, Old Trafford is the largest football club stadium in England, being surpassed only by Wembley Stadium, which is used by the England national football team. This also makes it the eleventh-largest in Europe. Old Trafford (inaugurated on February, 19 1910) has been the “Red Davils” ‘ permanent residence since 1910, (with a short period of time, from 1941 to 1949, during which the damage caused by the bombing in the Second World War made it impossible for the arena to host games). The stadium (which is actually owned by Manchester United) has undergone many expansions during the years, most notably the addition of extra tiers to the North, West and East stands with the purpose of increasing their capacity.
Old Trafford, also known as “the Theatre of Dreams” (the nickname was given by the legendary Bobby Charlton) has been the venue of many outstanding matches (Manchester United – Real Madrid 4-3 from the 2003 UEFA Champions League competition is considered by many to be the best match ever played) and the place where Manchester United achieved it’s impressive trophy room collection. In addition to this, it hosted the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final (which was played between Italian clubs Juventus and Milan) and several matches during the 1966 FIFA World Cup (only group phase games) and the 1996 UEFA European Football Championship (including a semi-final between France and the Czech Republic) which were held in England.
Manchester United plan to increase the capacity of Old Trafford in the near further, with the purpose of making an estimated 95,000 all-seated arena, but the project is currently on hold due to the financial situatian of the team and of football clubs in general (a development of this magnitude would cost around more then 120 million euro).