Old Trafford is the second largeststadium in England and home toManchester United FC. The stadiumhas a capacity of 75,811 seats.
In the first decade of the20th century ManchesterUnited played its matchesat a 50,000-stadium atBank Street, when thenpresident Davies beganplanning for a new stadiumwith double that capacity.A site was chosen nearTrafford Park industrialestate, and architectArchibald Leitch appointedto design the stadium.
Due to its proximity to Trafford Parkindustrial estate, the stadium got heavilydamaged by German air raids during WorldWar 2. It took eight years to rebuilt thestadium, the delays being caused by limitedpost-war resources, and during that timeUnited played at Maine Road, the ground ofrivals Manchester City.
In 1949 the club moved back to a reconstructed, thoughsmaller, Old Trafford, and in the following decades incrementalimprovements and expansions were made to the stadium,culminating in the complete renovation of the United Road(North) Stand in the 60s.
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In 2003 the stadium hosted for the first time aEuropean cup final: the Champions League finalbetween Milan and Juventus (0-0). A few yearslater the most recent changes to the stadium weremade with the closing of the second tier cornerson both sides of the North Stand, leading to thestadium’s current capacity.