Woodward is considering revamping Old Trafford’s infrastructure

Ed Woodward says he’s considering the club’s infrastructure. Image: The Busby Babe

The Mirror reports that Manchester United is considering a review of the Old Trafford’s infrastructure that’s according to Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Although there are presently no plans to increase the capacity at the stadium. That may change because the Glazer family who are the owners of the club has neglected the calls of the fans to modernize the stadium. Other stadiums has modernized and expanded their own grounds.

The 74,879-seat stadium hasn’t undergone any renovations since 2006. Arsenal and Tottenham has moved into new modern state-of-the-art venues recently. Also Liverpool has invested in the redevelopment of the main stand at Anfield. There has been concerns over the maintenance of the venue, with a leak found in the stadium roof last season.

Woodward says that it isn’t true that the club isn’t willing or reluctant to spend the money to upgrade Old Trafford.

Although he said that United have invested over £100 million in the stadium and other infrastructure over the last 10 years, including £20 million during the current year, the executive vice-chairman admitted that “we need to do more.”

“We’re doing a big review in terms of where we are and what we need to do,” Woodward told the United We Stand fanzine (via The Telegraph ).

“We’re also looking at the training ground, The Cliff, Old Trafford and Littleton Road.”

Despite confirming those plans, Woodward admitted that the club are not currently looking at increasing the capacity of the ground.

However, he did not rule out such an expansion in the future, but noted that he was wary about changing the essence of Old Trafford.

He added: “Our objectives for the stadium are for it to be safe, full and noisy.

“Adding more seats can influence the third one, but has to be done in the right way.

“There are no plans currently to increase capacity, but I’m not saying it can’t happen in the long-term.”

“If you totally change it then you can change the feel of it.”

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