Old Trafford could be bulldozed and rebuilt by Manchester United owners Glazers
According to The Telegraph (Subscription Required), Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, could be bulldozed and rebuilt under plans being considered by club owners Glazers.
One of the most iconic stadiums in England, the ground has seen some famous United victories and played host to countless trophy parades. After all, it is the home ground of England’s most successful team.
It is said that the Red Devils are close to appointing partners for a massive rebuild of the stadium. Touted to be possibly the biggest redevelopment project in the club’s history, it comes after an exhaustive tender process in which bidders were asked to submit three different design proposals.
Old Trafford most recently played host to Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend, with the visitors handed a Premier League loss courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick as the game finished 3-2 in favour of United.
In the past years, the club owners, the Glazer family, have been severely and heavily criticised by fans for neglecting Old Trafford, which they claim has become tired and outdated. Considering that other clubs like Spurs recently developed a new state-of-the-art stadium, it may be time for the club to consider an upgrade.
If the plans for a new stadium come through, United would see a larger stadium with a capacity to rival Wembley’s 90,000 be built on a reconfigured site. It would also feature a smaller, second ground to host the women’s team and academy matches. Currently, it has a capacity of 74,140 seats.
Although no stadium redevelopment plans have taken effect as of yet, it may be time for us to change with the times and stay up to date. As one of the world’s biggest clubs, we also need a venue befitting of our status.
Any confirmed plan would see the club ideally favour a phased rebuild that would allow them to keep playing matches at Old Trafford at full capacity, rather than accept a temporary closure of the South Stand.
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Although the stadium is historic and has played host to the club since 1910, it is time for an upgrade. Fans have been vocal about the stadium having its flaws in comparison to rival home grounds. In today’s time and age, you need to keep up to avoid being left behind.
Hopefully, we see any proposed plans go through in a manner that still sees fans able to attend the stadium and support the team than have to play in a different venue. Old Trafford and its South Stand mean different to the players and fans both, and it would be a shame to keep both away from match action.