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Man United plans to increase Old Trafford capacity put on hold due to coronavirus issues



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Manchester United’s plans to increase capacity at Old Trafford put on hold

Manchester United have decided to postpone their plans to increase the capacity of Old Trafford until the end of the next season due to the coronavirus crisis. (h/t Daily Mail)

Old Trafford is the biggest club stadium in the United Kingdom. However, there has been a decrease in seating capacity in recent years due to the introduction of new areas for disabled supporters.

Old Trafford Manchester United
Old Trafford

From housing over 76,000 supporters in 2006, Manchester United’s stadium stands at a capacity of 73,300 now, after the club introduced around 300 new positions for disabled supporters according to Premier League guidelines. (h/t Daily Mail)

The Red Devils have been chalking out plans to increase the capacity once again. There had been ideas of reconfiguring the existing seating arrangement to add more numbers owing to logical issues to carry out proper expansion. (h/t Daily Mail)

However, all plans have been now put on hold due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Instead, the expansion is likely to be pushed back until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Manchester United are not the only club to have had to put off expansion work on the stadium. Our rivals Liverpool were also forced to delay their plans of expanding the Anfield Road Stand. (h/t Daily Mail)

Disabled seating at Old Trafford
Disabled seating at Old Trafford

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As far as the on-field matters are concerned, the Premier League is planning for a mid-June resumption. (h/t Daily Mail)

Manchester United are currently 5th in the league table, while remaining in contention in the FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League.