Manchester United told eye-watering cost for demolishing and rebuilding Old Trafford

Manchester United warned that plans to demolish and rebuild Old Trafford could cost up to £1.5 billion

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have been told that any plans they have to demolish and rebuild their home ground, Old Trafford, will cost them a whopping amount, making it the most expensive stadium ever built in the country.

The Manchester side has been playing at the venue for years now, overseeing multiple wins in the Premier League and some famous European nights, making it a fearsome visiting ground for their opponents.

With the prices of construction items like steel and essential materials increasing sharply over the past few years, and the recent Ukraine crisis, there are uncertainties and major price hikes for major construction projects. This could lead to potential budgeting plans made by club officials for Old Trafford’s reconstruction to be taken back to the drawing board.

Manchester United have plans to demolish and rebuild Old Trafford. COLORSPORT/LYNNE CAMERON
Manchester United have plans to demolish and rebuild Old Trafford. COLORSPORT/LYNNE CAMERON

The Red Devils were last seen playing at the Theatre of Dreams last week, taking on Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Round of 16 of the Champions League. Unfortunately, home fans were witness to a loss that saw the side exit the UCL.

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Quite recently, we saw Tottenham upgrade their stadium and move away from White Hart Lane to the swanky Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which is one of the most impressive grounds in the country. Complete with state-of-the-art facilities, the stadium was thought to have cost £1.1b.

United’s club officials are considering a complete rebuild of their famous home ground, with multiple options being considered to revamp the iconic venue for modern purposes. Although a complete rebuild is one of three options on the table, it would involve construction costs that far exceed that of Spurs’ new stadium.

The Old Trafford Stadium has been the home of Manchester United for many years now. (imago Images)
The Old Trafford Stadium has been the home of Manchester United for many years now. (imago Images)

Although an official plan has not yet been announced, a change is expected at Old Trafford after years of the ground remaining the same. With other rivals building stadiums that are modern and have state-of-the-art infrastructure, it is time for the Red Devils to catch up.

Another option for a stadium revamp is to leave the ground’s structure intact but conduct a comprehensive rebuild of spectator and corporate areas on all four sides of the ground. This would avoid any plans to demolish our home stadium, and also makes for attractive views.

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Alternative plans include an expansion of the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand that goes up and over the railway line that runs behind it. Such an option would take the capacity beyond 80,000, and also cost an estimated £400m. It is also said to be most appealing to the club’s owners, which makes it a likely option.

Despite being a venue that has seen a plethora of success, trophies have not visited Old Trafford since 2017. Hopefully, we see silverware returning to our home ground in its new avatar, which makes it memorable for visitors and home fans alike.