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  THINGS TO DO AT AND AROUND OLD TRAFFORD

Manchester United Football Club is arguably England’s and possibly the world's most famous football teams. Boasting more trophies won than any of their English rivals, Old Trafford, the home stadium of Manchester United has become a major tourist attraction. Founded in 1878 under their original name Newton and Heath LYR Football Club and located just outside the city centre in Greater Manchester. Fans from all parts of the world have come to visit and if they are lucky enough get to watch the ‘‘Red Devils’’ in action at their incredible stadium Old Trafford. 

 

Getting Tickets For Matchday

It’s very important that if you want to go to a game at Old Trafford that you get your tickets purchased before the games, as most of the time games are sold out. For big games like Manchester United Vs. Liverpool, tickets are often sold out long before the game is set to kick off. You can go to Manchester United’s official website, however, you have to be an existing member. Tickets are normally sold on a first come first serve basis, however for bigger games your name is put into a raffle. Alternatively, there are lots of agencies available that will help you organize your tickets. Many offer package deals which include flights, accommodation and sometimes a tour of Old Trafford. You might find this the easiest way of obtaining tickets but expect some additional costs. It might be helpful asking where the seats are situated. Old Trafford allows over 70,000 people at a game and the higher up you are the less you can see. If you do plan on getting tickets from the ticket office it is located in the North West section of the stadium. Sometimes when booking through an agency, you are not given an official ticket but a printed form with your details. This can be exchanged for official tickets at the same office.

Things To Do Around Old Trafford Before The Match Begins

There are lots of things to do at Old Trafford before the game begins. You can get your picture taken with replica trophies. Premier League, FA cup and Champions League trophies are often on display and for a small fee you can pick them up which makes for a great photo. There is the Munich tunnel which is an exhibit about the Munich air disaster which claimed the lives of seven Manchester United’s players in 1958. There is an astro turf pitch which allows children to play some football. A marquee type building is also set up on most match days which allows lucky fans to ‘’Meet a Legend’’. Beware that the queues are long, so if you intend on meeting one of your idols it might be a good idea getting there early instead of you missing some of the game. At the East end of the stadium you’ll find the Holy Trinity statue which is another chance to get your picture taken. The mega store is Manchester United’s official shop at Old Trafford which sells all Manchester United’s official replica jerseys and lots of other branded Manchester United memorabilia. Prices here can be a slight bit more expensive than going to your local sports store.

Getting To Old Trafford

The easiest way to get to Old Trafford is by using the city's Metro system. It has four stops that serve Manchester United’s stadium. During matchday it can get overcrowded especially the closer to kickoff. Perhaps going early might be more comfortable especially if you are going to a game with children. Manchester United also own their own train station. This train brings you directly into the South stand at Old Trafford. If you are driving a car you will be able to find private and free parking around the stadium. Spaces are often hard to come by during match days and expect to be hit with extreme traffic especially after the final whistle has blown.

Are there Casinos In Manchester?

Manchester is a vibrant City with a famous nightlife. It has many casinos to choose from. Genting Club is a company that operates many casinos in the UK and has a large casino on 110 Portland Street, Manchester. It provides all your gaming needs including slots, poker and blackjack. However, you might have to sign up as a member to be allowed access.

New to Manchester is Napoleon's Casino. This modern casino only opened this year in September. With its incredible modern design it gives a feel of real class. It offers guests not only a 24-hour gambling service, but a bar and restaurant also. You can play a wide range of games here including Three Card Poker, American Roulette, Punto Banco, Electric Roulette and slots. It is located next to the newly opened Hotel Brooklyn.

Where To Shop In Manchester

The Trafford centre is one of Manchester’s most popular shopping areas. It is a huge indoor leisure complex and shopping centre located five miles outside the Manchester City centre. It opened in 1998 and is the third largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom.  Even if you don’t feel like shopping you might enjoy the centre. The Great Hall entrance boasts what's believed to be one of the world’s biggest chandeliers. Its food court is said to be the largest food court in Europe, seating 1,600 customers at a time. This really is an incredible setting for a unique shopping experience and a great day out with the family.

 

Nightlife In Manchester

Manchester’s music and club scene is known throughout the globe. Bands like Oasis and Stone Roses are a few that helped Manchester become one of Europe’s most well loved cities. The city now is packed with clubs and pubs offering all types of music. It offers a lively and gay-friendly scene that attracts musicians, DJ’s and artists from all around the world. If you want to party until dawn, Manchester might well be the city for you. Alternatively you could visit a traditional British pub or cafe if the party scene is not your thing. Either way, very few leave Manchester disappointed.

 
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