Manchester United wants to give a facelift and youth to its stadium, Old Trafford. Deemed to be aging, this mythical 112-year-old enclosure will be entrusted to two international firms responsible for renovating it.
It is, according to an announcement Thursday from the Red Devils, the team of architects who drew up the plans for the new Tottenham enclosure, namely the architectural firm Populous and the consultancy firm Legends International.
This will, among other things, increase its capacity, currently 74,000 places.
“Work will begin immediately to come up with (development) options for Old Trafford with the aim of significantly improving the spectator experience. Fans will be at the heart of the process. A meeting between the consultancy firm and the supporter groups will take place this month,” the club said in a statement.
Three stands of the “theatre of dreams”, nickname of the enclosure, have been enlarged over the last thirty years but the south side has remained as it is because of its proximity to a railway line.
The club is also planning an extension of its training center to make it a state-of-the-art facility.
As a reminder, the two companies chosen by ManU had worked on the construction of the new Tottenham stadium in north London, a 63,000-seat facility which opened in 2019.