Manchester United Football Club are a professional soccer (football) team that compete in the English Premier League. The club was founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club and became Manchester United in 1902. They have won the most titles of any English team including; 19 league titles, 11 FA Cups and 4 League Cups. The club are considered to be one of the richest and best supported sporting teams in the world. In July 2011 they were valued at $1.86 billion, making the club the most valuable in the world. If you have ever wondered where Manchester United play their home games, keep reading to find out.
Where do Manchester United play?
Manchester United play their home games at Old Trafford, located in Greater Manchester, England. It was built by the club in 1909 and opened in 1910 at a total cost of £90,000. The original capacity of the stadium was about 80,000, but renovations since this time mean that the current capacity is 75,957 patrons. This makes it the second largest stadium in English football. There are plans to renovate the South Stand to increase the stadium’s capacity to about 95,000.
Did you know?
Old Trafford was badly damaged during World War II. It took almost 10 years to reconstruct the stadium. During this time Manchester United played their homes games at Maine Road, the stadium of their bitter rivals Manchester City.
Old Trafford hosted 3 games of the 1966 FIFA World Cup. It is also due to host games for the football tournament at the 2012 London Olympics.
The highest attendance at the stadium was 76,962 for the FA Cup semi final between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Grimsby Town in 1939.