The Theatre of Dreams is in dire need of updating and nothing is being ruled out at present as plans continue to be discussed.
Manchester United is open to all suggestions for redeveloping Old Trafford, including spectacular plans to rebuild the stadium on its current site!
The club is still in discussions with planners about prospective expansion plans for the property, and they are considering all ideas, including extending the south stand over the railway lines and fully reconstructing the stadium.
United has yet to select a preferred partner for the project, but planners bidding for the contract have proposed a number of designs, and club officials are maintaining an open mind at this time.
Why the rebuild?
The team wishes to modernize the stadium in order to enhance the matchday experience for fans. The 112-year-old stadium requires more than a fresh coat of paint to compete with other Premier League venues.
Over the years, the talk has centered on increasing the capacity in the South Stand, but there are numerous options on the table as they try to upgrade the current venue, including demolishing the current stadium and constructing a new one from the ground up.
At the present, that appears to be the least likely option because they want to do the work in a way that allows the team to continue playing home games at the stadium, but all options will be evaluated.
It is assumed that they intend to remain at the same location.
No firm decision will be made until a master planner is hired, and the club has stated that it is dedicated to consulting supporters throughout the process.
chief operating officer Collette Roche said:
“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 modernization 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.”
A huge boost in revenue
One of the proposals is to fully rebuild Old Trafford. If this occurs, the entire stadium capacity will increase from 76,000 to around 90,000, more than doubling Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge capacity.
Arsenal’s current home, the Emirates Stadium, has a capacity of 60,000 people. While Old Trafford already has more seats than both the Gunners and the Blues, the proposed addition would dramatically expand the margin – and provide the club with a hefty cash bump!