Tuesday October 3, 2023

Manchester United Considers Tearing Down Old Trafford

  • Old Trafford has been the club's home field since 1910.
  • The team wants to increase its capacity from 74,000 to more than 80,000.
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An iconic European soccer stadium could be demolished as part of a redevelopment plan. 

Old Trafford — the home field of Manchester United since 1910 — could be torn down as the Premier League club considers a multitude of options for upgrading the iconic venue and increasing its capacity from 74,000 to more than 80,000.

  • An option for Manchester United includes expanding Old Trafford’s South Stand
  • A South Stand expansion would face the logistical issue of a public railway behind it.
  • Another option is renovating all four stands within Old Trafford’s current construction. 

Manchester United’s last and “least likely” option is building an entirely new stadium — a growing trend in soccer. 

AC Milan and Inter Milan have plans to build a new $1.3 billion stadium slated to open in 2027. Chelsea is reportedly looking to build a new stadium, while Everton has already broken ground on a $694 million stadium set to open in the 2024-2025 season.

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Chelsea is considering a new venue due to expensive repairs at the club’s home field, Stamford Bridge stadium. In May 2022, Chelsea was bought by a consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers, Lakers, and Sparks owner Todd Boehly for $5.2 billion. The group plans to invest $2 billion in Chelsea from its takeover deal with plans of a new stadium for The Blues.

Construction of a new stadium could have Chelsea play at London’s Wembley Stadium for up to five years.

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