Old Trafford Stadium History (part 2)
In 1966, Old Trafford was one of the stadiums used for the World Cup held in England. The FA Cup rematch match in 1970 between Leeds and Chelsea also took place here. In the 1970s, Old Trafford became the first football field in England to be equipped with a fence around it, to prevent fan outrageous behavior (which was later removed).
With continuous efforts to improve the stadium since after suffering the destruction of World War II, its capacity has continuously decreased. By 1980, the capacity had decreased from 80,000 seats to 60,000 seats. From 1990 to 2003, the Old Trafford Stadium was England’s largest capacity stadium with 68 217 spectators. In 2003, the Old Trafford Stadium hosted the UEFA Champions League final between Milan and Juventus.
From 2001 to 2007, after the demolition of the old Wembley Stadium, the England National Football Team was forced to play at home by various venues. During that time, the England National Football Team played from Villa Park in Birmingham to St James’ Park in Newcastle. During 5 years (2003-2007), this stadium hosted 12 of 23 matches of England team.
Between July 2005 and May 2006, the Old Trafford Stadium was once again extended by an audience of 8,000 in the quadrants both northwest and northeast of the field. A portion of the new seats were used for the first time on March 26, 2006, with the participation of 69 070 spectators in a Premier League match. The record for the audience to the pitch continued to be broken on March 31, 2007, when there were 76 098 spectators watching the MU fight against Blackburn Rovers.
The Old Trafford Stadium has been used for several football matches at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The stadium hosts five group stage, quarter-final and semi-final matches at the men’s soccer tournament. There is also a group stage match and a semifinal match at the women’s soccer league. The first women’s international soccer matches were played there.