Old Trafford is in dire need of an upgrade and there are a number of plans are being discussed at the moment. The stadium has been untouched since capacity was increased to 75,000 in 2006 and one would think it’s time to give United fans something new.
An upgrade at the very least.
Manchester United are believed to be open to all ideas, including proposals to completely rebuild our home ground on the same site, with the future of Old Trafford unknown.
Plans to knock the current stadium to build a modern new version are said to be premature, but nothing is being ruled out as they explore all options available to them.
You can imagine that Gary Neville is watching the development plans closely because any decision to move away from the current site — which is highly unlikely — would be detrimental to his Hotel Football business.
Other options could include razing and rebuilding the South Stand or revamping the existing structure around the stadium.
The club would face challenges if they bulldozed the stadium, like having nowhere to play their home games while the new stadium was under construction. Something like that could take 3-4 years and it’s not like United can move to Wembley like Tottenham did, while they waited for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to be built, costing around £1bn.
According to the Guardian, United invested almost £20m in Old Trafford in 2019 — £11m was spent on improvements to accessible facilities, £4m on security and £4m on refurbishing hospitality locales.
We supposedly have construction companies competing for the contract to develop a new stadium, with proposals being made to club officials offering a variety of options.
I always thought the Glazers would sell up before we’d see a new stadium or new look to Old Trafford, which is 112-years-old and needs more than a lick of paint to bring it up to the standard of some other Premier League stadia.
At least their intention is to remain on the same site.
What has been said about new stadium plans at Manchester United?
Speaking to the Fans’ Forum late last month, chief operating officer Collette Roche said (via MEN):
“Turning to stadium development, since our last meeting we have been assessing the capabilities of globally-leading consultants who want to help us develop a masterplan for the modernisation of Old Trafford, with the ultimate aim of improving the matchday experience for fans.
“We have met with companies across a range of disciplines, including architecture, engineering, construction, crowd modelling, transport, security and many more. We are hoping to appoint our preferred partners in the coming weeks; following this, we will be able to formally kick-off Phase 1 of the project, which will be focused on establishing the vision and objectives for the masterplan.”