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Sir Alex Ferguson Stand Hospitality - 1878 Suite and Lounge

Manchester United Football Club - Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RA

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Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Club staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • Stewards receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • Hospitality staff do not receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • Food and drink concession staff do not receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • Car parking attendants do not receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • Staff do not receive deaf awareness training.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • British Sign Language interpreters can be provided on request.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request and large print on request.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the stadium/near by.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From the North
      Leave the M60 at Junction 12 M602 (Salford/Manchester). At the end of the M602 (Junction 3) follow signs for Salford Quays & Trafford Park. At the roundabout turn right onto Trafford Road (A5063). At the bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal, keep in the right hand lane, turn right and follow the road round to Trafford Wharf Road, then left at the traffic lights, passing the Premier Inn. Continue through the lights to reach the stadium.
      From the South
      Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and take the A556 in the direction of Manchester Airport. Continue onto the M56 to Manchester, passing the Airport, and follow the signs to the M60 (North & West). Leave the M60 at Junction 7 (A56 Chester Road) and follow the signs for Manchester United. Please note, Sir Matt Busby Way is closed from Chester Road on Matchday.
    • There are multiple car parks around the stadium.
      Car parks E1, E2 and N1 have designated Blue Badge parking bays available.
      Some car parks are only used on matchdays, please contact the club for more information.
  • By Bus View
    • There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the stadium.
    • The nearest bus stops to the stadium are located on Wharfside Way and Chester Road.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Railway Station is Manchester United Football Ground Station.
    • Although Manchester United Football Ground Station is the nearest train station, it is not the most accessible. Other stations near to the stadium include; Deansgate, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly.
      The Metrolink service operates a frequent service from the City Centre (including Victoria & Piccadilly Stations) to Old Trafford station which is situated within a five minute walk of the football ground.
      North Western Trains operate a matchday only service from City Centre Stations direct to Old Trafford Stadium where the station is located alongside the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand.
      Old Trafford Metrolink station is accessible for wheelchair users, however Old Trafford Train Station is not.
    • For more information on National Rail Enquiries please click here (opens new tab).
  • By Metro View
    • The nearest Metro station is Old Trafford.
    • Old Trafford Metrolink is located on Brian Statham Way, next to told Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Car Parking and Drop Off

Outer Concourse

  • There is step-free access throughout the outer concourse.
    The surface of the outer concourse varies between block paving and tarmac.
    There are some slight slopes leading from the external parts of the outer concourse.
    The sheltered areas of the outer concourse are located beneath the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, Stretford End, part of the East Stand and beneath the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand.
    The Munich Tunnel is located beneath the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand.
    The Munich Disaster Clock is located on the south-east corner of the East Stand.
  • There are programme stalls located at regular intervals around the stadium.
    There are food and drink stands located around the outer concourse; outside the Stretford End and in front of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.
    There are independent food drink stands located along the streets leading up to the stadium.
    There is benched seating available in front of the East Stand and the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.
    There are standard toilets located at the front of the East Stand. These toilets close once the turnstiles to the stand open.
    On matchdays there are portable toilet facilities available.
  • There is step-free access to the stand entrances.
  • There is a traffic exclusion zone before and after kick-off, at the top of Sir Matt Busby Way located either side of the A56 pedestrian crossing.
  • Clear directional signage is provided on the concourse.
  • There is a stadium plan/map on the concourse.
  • There is a steward/member of staff available for assistance on match days.

Outside Access (C4 Entrance - 1878 Suite and Lounge, Manchester Suite, Level 5 Lounges, Level 7 Executive Boxes and Lounges)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 220cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a member of staff available for assistance at this entrance.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 ticket readers located beyond the entrance.
    • Both ticket readers are at a height of 110cm.

Reception (B4 and C4 Entrances)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located ahead as you enter the B4 Entrance.
    • The reception point is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the B4 Entrance.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are good.
    • The height of the reception counter is high (110cm+).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a lowered section of the counter.
    • The lowered section of the counter is not at the recommended height of 76cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
    • The type of system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • Staff are trained to use the system.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are provided in the reception area.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is tiles.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • The seats do not have armrests.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar reception located beyond the C4 Entrance.

Lift (1878 Suite and Lounge)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located off the foyer between the B4 and C4 entrances.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 2 and 3.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is fair.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 105cm x 139cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.
  • There is a/are similar lift(s) available.

Reception (1878 Suite and Lounge - Level 3)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located ahead as you exit the lift on Level 3.
    • The reception point is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the lift.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are good.
    • The height of the reception counter is high (110cm+).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is carpet and wood.

Getting Around (1878 Suite and Lounge - Level 3)

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the third floor.
  • Circulation View
    • There are not doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet and tiles.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • There are sofas at regular intervals.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • Access to other floors/levels is via lift.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is not provided.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.

Hospitality (1878 Suite and Lounge - Level 3)

  • The lounge is located to the left as you exit the lift on Level 3.
  • There is step-free access to this area.
  • There is a/are double, heavy manual door(s) to access this area.
  • The door/opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • There is step-free access within this area.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The type of flooring in this area is carpet.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is a bar/service counter.
  • The height of the bar or service counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) ranges between 40cm and 102cm.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Background music varies according to the function/event.
  • The type of service provided in this room can vary.
  • The layout of the room varies according to what it is being used for.
  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available within the room/suite.
  • There are not standard toilets available within the room/suite.
  • There is not a separate parent and baby room within the room/suite.
  • There are two medium height, clearly marked steps leading up to an additional bar.

Standard Toilet(s) (1878 Suite and Lounge - Level 3)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on Level 3, in the 1878 Lounge lobby area.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.

Step(s) (1878 Lounge (3) to 1878 Suite (4))

  • There is a/are step(s) located ahead and to the right as you exit the lift.
  • There is/are 15+ step(s).
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are 19cm.
  • The going of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
  • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
  • Handrails are easy to grip.
  • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.
  • Comments View
    • The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand main lift can be used to bypass these steps.

Lift (Sir Alex Ferguson Stand - Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead as you enter, between the B4 and C4 receptions.
  • The lift is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is good.
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 105cm x 200cm (3ft 5in x 6ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.
  • There is a/are similar lift(s) available.

Getting Around (Level 4)

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the fourth Floor.
    • There is a slight slope, with no handrails, for access to the Level 4 facilities from the main lift.
  • Circulation View
    • There are not doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • Access to other floors/levels is via stairs, escalator and lift.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout the building.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.

Hospitality (1878 Suite - Level 4)

  • The suite is located to the right as you exit the lift on Level 4.
  • There is step-free access to this area.
  • There is a/are double, heavy manual door(s) to access this area.
  • The door/opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • There is step-free access within this area.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The type of flooring in this area is carpet.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is a bar/service counter.
  • The height of the bar or service counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 72cm.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Background music varies according to the function/event.
  • The type of service provided in this room can vary.
  • The layout of the room varies according to what it is being used for.
  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available within the room/suite.
  • There are not standard toilets available within the room/suite.
  • There is not a separate parent and baby room within the room/suite.
  • There are two clearly marked steps leading to an additional seating area.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Level 4)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located on Level 4, off the main corridor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 190cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 3in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 71cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 115cm and 116cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a lid.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 110cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 113cm (3ft 8in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 91cm (2ft 12in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 4)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on Level 4, off the main corridor.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main lift.
    • There is step-free access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.

Access to Seating - 1878 Suite and Lounge

  • There is no designated seating available in this stand.
  • Those requiring designated seating will, depending on availability, be seated on one of the wheelchair platforms located on Level 7 of the north-west/north-east quadrants.
  • There is a single door (75cm+) leading out from the Level 4 corridor to the general seating for the 1878 Suite and Lounge.
  • Step-free access to this corridor for guests in the 1878 Lounge is via the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand main lift.
  • Following the single door, there are between 3-15 steps leading down to the general seating.