The officials of English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester United are considering a proposal of expanding the stadium initially to 80,000 and then to 88,000 officially placing it behind Barcelona’s Camp Nou as the second largest football stadium in Europe. The main stand of the present 75,653 seater stadium, which will be renamed to Sir Bobby Charlton stand will be added a new tier of 7,500 seats.
A new regulation means that the 20-time English Premier League champions will have to dedicate around 3,000 seats for disabled supporters. This will certainly reduce the overall capacity, thus forcing the big heads of the club to decide on expanding a stadium which goes full house on all of its matches, according to ESPN.
Match day revenues are an important factor in a clubs financial income and United earned around $124 million last season. The huge income contributed to the club’s record overall revenue of $566.92 million last season.
Arsenal were the only club who surpassed United in terms of match day revenue and overtook the $143 million mark.
Manchester United have been investing in their stadium to keep it the best in England. However, the last major Old Trafford upgrade came around 10 years ago which saw the stadium capacity increasing from 68,000 to 76,000 for an estimated cost of $60 million.
Almost all the major Premier League clubs are increasing their stadium capacity to meet the demands of their supporters. Arsenal recently paid off $559 million which they used for building the Emirates stadium. Manchester City have also increased the capacity of their Etihad stadium to 55,000.
Chelsea will soon move out of Stamford Bridge for its redevelopment while Liverpool’s extension of Anfield will be completed by next season. West Ham United will play their last match at Boleyn Ground against Manchester United this season before shifting to the 60,000 seater Olympic stadium in the upcoming summer.
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