6th December 2019

The event layout options at Emirates Old Trafford

6th December 2019


As well as being home to the world-famous cricket ground, we’re known for hosting an array of events, including infamous TV moments such as Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester Concert and X Factor auditions. With our range of intelligent event spaces, we can host from ten to 2,000 people and offer quality facilities, making the perfect venue for any conference, exhibition, award dinner, product launch – you name it, we’ve hosted it.


When planning your event, you need to think about what layout will work best and this will often depend on your event type. You want to make sure your layout is practical so everybody who is attending receives the same experience. Common arrangements include:

  • Theatre - hence the name, this seating style replicates the layout of a theatre or cinema screen. This is often used when trying to make the most of the space in order to fit a large number of people in, for example a conference, and consists of chairs positioned in straight rows.
    Theatre style layout
  • Classroom - similarly, the Classroom layout positions chairs in straight rows but has a smaller capacity due to space being occupied with desks. This layout is ideal for lectures or seminars where delegates may need to make notes.
  • Boardroom - for smaller groups who intend on having group discussions, small meetings, interviews, small presentations etc. the Boardroom is a popular choice. This layout encourages full interaction between the audience.
  • Banquet - if you’re hosting an awards evening, dinner or training session for a large group of people, the Banquet layout would be beneficial. Your large group is split among dinner-like tables, encouraging group discussions where necessary. For award nights it allows groups from the same organisation to have their own table.
Looking for the perfect association event space?

What space is available at Emirates Old Trafford?

Banquet layout

Here at Emirates Old Trafford, we can accommodate for all varieties of events and dress the room to fit whichever layout you prefer. We have numerous event space available, including:

The Point

With a full view of the impressive cricket pitch, The Point can be transformed according to your event. For example, a sit-down dinner in The Point can host up to 1,000 guests or 850 with a dance floor and for a conference or exhibition, 1,200. For larger events that have multiple activities going on at the same time, The Point can be split into three separate spaces.


Made up of multiple boxes, suites, meetings room etc. the Pavilion can accommodate up to 700 people across its five suites and nine executive boxes. For those smaller events such as team building exercises, meetings, training sessions, drinks receptions etc. these smaller rooms are ideal and can be adapted to your event needs. With access to The Point for breakout space and an on-site Hilton Garden Inn hotel - your visitors will have everything they need just a walk away.

Both The Point and Pavilion can be combined via a bridge link for even larger events.

Other available spaces

As well as The Point and Pavilion, Emirates Old Trafford have other available spaces such as the UA92 Players & Media Centre, the Press Gallery and the Press Lounge that boast a wide variety of flexible space for workshops, training, seminars and away days. In addition to this, Emirates Old Trafford also offer an Outside Terrace that’s ideal for breakout sessions.

If you’d like to organise your association event, our Events Team would love to hear from you. Give them a call on 0161 282 4020, email events@lancashirecricket.co.uk or fill out our enquiry form.

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