I sell quite a few hospitality packages for Manchester United home games, and here is an introduction to them.
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With so many options, it’s best to think of it as two questions: where are the seats, and what are the perks?
First, the logistics: for payment, I send a PayPal invoice which you pay with PayPal or a card. Delivery of tickets is either via pickup at the National Football Museum in Manchester or delivery to your hotel — depending on which package you choose.
Generally speaking, the seats are on the side, up in the corner, or behind a goal. For the perks, it’s mainly about lounges, and they come in two categories: fancy and ordinary. But “ordinary” here is still a large step above being in a regular seat and on the concourse. You’ll be in a lounge area with comfortable seating, your own bar, food (included or for purchase), with access for a couple hours before the game and an hour after. The latter is particularly nice to have a cuppa or a pint while you let the queue at the tram clear out.
Here’s some more detail, but first a seating chart:
The Corner Seats: Kit Room, Academy Lounge, Club 500
These are up in the third tier in the corner, which explains why they are the least expensive of the lot. The lounges here are pretty basic, and if there’s food it won’t blow your mind. Likewise, as in the other lounges I sell for, if they say a “club legend” will be available for Q&A, there is a very high likelihood — and especially if you’re reading this post — that you’ve never heard of them. As an American would say, Ryan Giggs isn’t walking through that door!
Again, the advantages of these packages are (relative) affordability and a nice, warm place to hang out before and after the game.
Here’s a shot of Club 500 I grabbed off the Man U website:
Stretford End: The International Suite
For me, this is the “sweet spot” of (again, relative) affordability, view and atmosphere. These seats are in block W205, in the lower tier of the Stretford End, traditionally the home of the noisiest and most dedicated fans. (This is also the end United prefer to play towards in the second half.) These are almost always the lowest seats I sell, so really what you’re paying for here is proximity to the pitch and sitting among the hardcore fans, instead of the better food and seats on the side that you’ll get — and pay a good bit more for — in the next group.
The food is decent — curries and burgers and such for around £12. The image at the top of this post is of this suite, and here’s the bar:
Here is a video I took walking into this block before a 2019 Premier League game against Arsenal:
Sir Alex Ferguson Stand: Museum and Lancashire Hospitality
Many folks just want to sit on the long side, and many others want a proper meal for their financial troubles. Both will be happy with any option here.
The Ferguson Stand is the biggest in the country, seating 26,000 people in three tiers. All of these, with one occasional exception below, are in the middle tier, blocks N3401 to N3408. So you’re on the side, moderately high, and the price differences account for where you’re sitting and what you’re eating.
Options here start with the Museum Package, which includes a reception, meal and “legend” either before or after the game and seats in N3408, along the goal line. There is also the Lancashire Hospitality, with a full champagne reception, meal, and free bar which is about a 10-minute walk away in the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, right by the tram station. The seats are typically in N3406 or N3407, so more central than the Museum Package.