Expect To 'Eat. Drink. Sleep. Football' at The Hotel Football in Manchester
Sports bars and lounges are nothing new, but a hotel devoted entirely to the international sport of football?
The World Cup may be over but now, excitement is building, literally, for the opening later this year of Hotel Football. What better city to deliver this hotel concept than the home of Manchester United Football Club, and who better to deliver this hotel than former United players themselves? Their goal, so to speak, is to create a true match day experience for both home and visiting team fans.
Manchester United Football Club goes back to 1878 (originally under a different name) and the organization is not shy about its claim to be the most popular football club in the world. If you agree with that, then a hotel right next to the stadium makes a whole lot of sense.
Hotel Football is the first hotel developed by GG Hospitality, founded by former United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. Neville and Giggs, along with a few other “Class of 92” teammates, sampled more than enough hotels--and sports bars-- on the road and have come together as inspired hoteliers. GG Hospitality also operate the popular Café Football in London.
Coming out of the Trafford Old Stadium at games end, the seriously close-by Hotel Football hopes to offer some additional overtime play
The hotel is located within goal’s distance of the Old Trafford Stadium and Manchester United Museum, a major tourist attraction. Local architectural firm of AEW Architects won a competition to design the hotel and from the looks of it in their renderings, they must be fans.
The hotel rooftop will feature a "five-a-side pitch", which is a modified version of the game, on a mini playing field, with fewer players and smaller goals. Note the side fencing and caged goals, in case of the occasional "oops"
The hotel will have 133 beds the uppermost floors, but the majority of the space is dedicated to the immense leisure facilities for fans such as bars, restaurants, and function spaces. The hotel will also be the home of the local Old Trafford Supports Club. According to ManchesterEveningNews, the hotel should have enough space to accommodate up to 1,500 fans on match day. That could get interesting and probably a bit loud.
[Renderings: AEW Architects]