MANCHESTER UNITED have taken a huge step towards increasing the capacity of Old Trafford with the club preparing to hire a planner to oversee the work.
The Theatre of Dreams is already the largest sporting stadium in the UK, aside from Wembley and Twickenham – England’s national stadiums for football and rugby union.
Old Trafford is set for a major upgrade that should see the capacity pushed above 80,000 say reportsCredit: Reuters
Currently boasting a capacity of 74,140, the reports claims it’s likely Old Trafford’s final seat count will exceed 80,000 when works are completed.
However, officials won’t go overboard by adding too many new seats, with the main objective to ensure United’s stadium remains consistently full.
A number of parties have approached Man Utd chiefs with their proposed renovations of Old Trafford.
And it’s believed United are close to making their decision and implementing the ‘exciting’ new vision.
Despite talks still ongoing, it can be revealed both general admission and corporate areas will see a sizeable extension.
The train line behind Old Trafford’s South Stand has caused expansion issues in recent decades.
But it’s claimed the technology is now in place to ensure that will no longer be a problem, opening up new avenues in their upgrade plans.
Work will be done in phases to ensure Old Trafford does NOT have to close at any point during the renovation works.
On top of the stadium expansion, the Aon Training Complex at Carrington is set for a major overhaul.
The club have hired a master planner to ensure their training facilities remain among the best on the planet.
The revamped Carrington will home the first-team, reserves, youth teams and women’s squad.
All work is subject to planning permission, with no timescale set for completion.
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