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Old Trafford

Old Trafford, nicknamed "Theater of Dreams," is a famous football (soccer) ground located in Greater Manchester. Opened in 1910, it is home to the celebrated Manchester United Football Club. It has been the setting for prestigious tournaments like the FIFA World Cup, Euro 96 and the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final. The venue was chosen to host nine football matches for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Apart from football, games like shinty, baseball and cricket have also been played here. Legendary artists like Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen have hosted their concerts at Old Trafford. The space is also rented out for private events and functions like weddings and Christmas parties. Tourists can be a part of the regular stadium tours arranged here.

Band on the Wall

Situated out beyond the Northern Quarter, this is a 240-capacity venue with a character and niche of its own. The interior is dark and atmospheric with burgundy-painted fittings and a fantastic little balcony offering an eagle-eye view of the stage. Its strength lies in the diversity of the live music it puts on. There is a continual program of non-mainstream specialist music including jazz, reggae, dub, African, folk and Latin, attracting a multicultural audience of all ages. As a club venue at weekends, it hosts a selection of genuinely inventive club nights that attract an eclectic crowd.

Etihad Stadium

The modern Colosseum of the blue half of Manchester, the Etihad Stadium is home to multiple-time Premier League Champions Manchester City FC. Equipped with the latest amenities, comfortable seats, luxurious VIP boxes and an ultra-sleek playing surface, the arena is truly a modern-era masterpiece. The stadium is in its best element when the blues host their neighbors and rivals Manchester United, cheering their heroes to yet another victory. Notable events hosted here in the past include the 2002 Commonwealth Games, 2008 UEFA Cup Final and a group stage match at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Palace Theatre

Affectionately known as the Grand Old Lady of Oxford Street, the Palace Theater is an imposing 1955 capacity Victorian theater that originally opened its doors to the public in July 1891. It lends itself to larger productions of touring plays, opera, ballet and popular musicals such as Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Inside, the auditorium is decorated in the classical style, with lots of gilded features and plush deep red velvet upholstery. There are two steep-sided upper tiers, stalls and several ornate boxes, giving the whole place a feeling of good old-fashioned grand opulence.

The Opera House

The Opera House is a grand old 2000-capacity theater, which was first opened on Boxing Day 1912. It has played host to many of the biggest stars of British theater, including Noel Coward, Ivor Novello and Ralph Richardson, throughout the intervening decades. The lavish, opulent decor in rich reds and golds still evoke the atmosphere of that classic, bygone age. Although the Opera House was closed due to financial constraints in 1979, it was resurrected and re-opened in 1986, and has become the successful home of modern West End musicals, operas, plays and other large-scale shows.

The Lowry

The Lowry Project includes the Lowry, the Plaza, the Digital World Centre, access routes and transport infrastructure, and is a tribute to Manchester's most famous artist, Lawrence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976). There is an art gallery containing over 300 of Lowry's paintings and art classes, and exhibitions are also available. The 1730-seat Lyric auditorium is the region's leading venue for international drama, opera, music and dance, while the Quays, seating 466, lends itself to comedy and drama performances.

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