Manchester United’s options to revamp Old Trafford include DEMOLISHING the stadium
REVEALED: Manchester United’s options to revamp Old Trafford include the dramatic step of DEMOLISH their famous but faded 112-year-old stadium and play elsewhere as they build a new world-class arena on the same site
- Manchester United could choose to overthrow Old Trafford as they consider revamping their stadium
- The club are considering three options, with its demolition being the most controversial.
- In recent years United have seen other clubs overtake them in terms of modern facilities
A plan to tear down Old Trafford and rebuild it from scratch is a drastic option on the table as Manchester United ponder how best to adapt their iconic but faded stadium for modern purposes.
Completely rebuilding the stadium of English football‘s most famous club – the home of the Busby Babes and Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble winners in 1999 – would be an extraordinary and controversial way to address the range of problems currently plaguing United.
Corn sports mail understands that the proposal is one of three currently being considered by the club.
Manchester United could decide to demolish Old Trafford and rebuild the stadium as they consider modernization options
The club’s south stand, which backs onto a railway track, could be demolished and redeveloped as another option
Completely rebuilding the stadium of English football’s most famous club would be an extraordinary move by United
Old Trafford is 112 years old and one of football’s most recognizable stadiums
United are blessed with acres of land at their current site in Stretford on which to build a stadium to rival any in the sporting world if they choose to do so.
One of two other ideas being considered is to rebuild and extend the aging and problematic South Stand of Old Trafford and onto the railway line that runs behind it.
The second is to leave the stadium structurally intact, but carry out a complete overhaul of spectator and business areas on all four sides.
Currently, the South Stand redesign is believed to appeal most to the club’s owners, the Glazer family, and as such is the likeliest option. It would also be the most acceptable to fans.
The building’s current technology would make it possible to navigate the railway line, a problem considered prohibitive for many years, on its way to increasing capacity from the stadium’s current 74,000 seats to over 80,000.
United have said they would prefer a gradual rebuilding of Old Trafford and are likely to be able to carry out this work without affecting capacity.
However, the option to demolish the 112-year-old stadium is considered real and is among the proposals that the competing architects and engineers considered when bidding for the works contract.
The Stretford End, located to the west of the ground, is usually where the club’s most hardcore supporters are housed.
The gift shop and ticket office can be seen at one of the corners of the grounds in 1983
Perhaps the biggest obstacle to United finally playing in a brand new stadium is that the team would have to find another place to play for two years while it is being built. When Arsenal and Tottenham waited for work on their new stadiums to be completed, they played home games at Wembley.
That would not be an option for United and there is no club outside the Premier League in the North West that has a stadium big enough to offer a share of the pitch. Sharing with neighbors Manchester City, meanwhile, would never happen.
Old Trafford remains one of the most famous stadiums in world sport and has hosted World Cup and European Championship matches as well as a Champions League final. But despite several attempts at modernization over the years, it now falls far short of the standards required by a top English club.
The facilities at places like Tottenham and Arsenal are currently far superior.
In recent years, other stadiums in England have overtaken United’s – much to the dismay of the club’s passionate fans.
A problem for United if they were to overthrow Old Trafford would be that they would have to find another place to play
United have promised to consult with supporters throughout the process and chief operating officer Collette Roche told a fan forum in December that several options were being considered.
Roche said: “These meetings produced some exciting potential ideas, although it is important to note that we are still at an early stage and it is premature to talk about timing.”
An announcement regarding the appointment of an architect is expected shortly with news of confirmed plans to follow later.