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post updated 30 March 2024

New Man United New Stadium Taskforce

9th of March 2024 – MUFC announce that a taskforce has been set up to explore the possibility of building a “new stadium of national significance”.

Lord Sebastian Coe, the former head of the organising committee for the 2012 London Olympics, will chair the group, with members of the ‘Old Trafford Regeneration Task Force’ also including Gary Neville and Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

The Man U co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has covened a ten-strong taskforce. Lord Sebastian Coe outlined the potential for stadiums to become focal points for strong communities and catalysts for social and economic development. The north-west of England has more major football clubs than anywhere else in the world. However, there is not a ground on the scale of the Nou Camp, Wembley, or the Bernabeu.

New Man United New Stadium Proposal News

22nd of February 2024 – New Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe says his preference is to build a new stadium for the club that can also serve the north of England, report the BBC.

Man United have played at the 74,310-capacity Old Trafford since 1910, but Jim Ratcliffe acknowledged it had become “tired and in need of refurbishment”.

A new stadium could be built next to the existing MUFC ground in Trafford Park, southwest of the city centre.

The British billionaire claimed it is about time a national stadium in the north of England was considered.

Manchester United Stadium Old Trafford Ground
photograph © Adrian Welch

New Man United New Stadium Proposal

Ratcliffe added the potential MUFC stadium project could be a catalyst for regeneration in south Manchester. Due to regenerative potential it would warrant a discussion with the UK government about using taxpayers’ money.

Ratcliffe spoke about the potential for the new football stadium to host England games and FA Cup semi-finals. Both of these are typically played at Wembley Stadium in London, as well as the Champions League final.

Old Trafford aerial photograph:
Manchester United Old Trafford aerial photo
Man Utd aerial photo © webbaviation

Manchester-born Sir Jim Ratcliffe, 71, completed a deal for a stake in this famous English football club worth about $1.6bn (£1.25bn) on Monday. The deal includes $300m (£237m) for future investment in the MUFC stadium, England, UK.

Ratcliffe said the option of refurbishment would create an 80-90,000 seater stadium for MUFC, but it woould not be perfect because of the age of the ground.

He said the area of Trafford Park is tired and neglected, and parts are quite run down. He suggests regenerating the whole south side of Manchester near the famous football ground.

The nucleus of it would be building a new world-class state-of-the-art stadium which could take England games, the FA Cup final, Champions League finals. The new ground could serve the north of England.

Ratcliffe said a taskforce would be created to look into the feasibility of a new stadium for MUFC. He has also spoken to former Manchester United captain Gary Neville.

Old Trafford main facade:
Manchester United FC Stadium Old Trafford main facade
Old Trafford photo © Adrian Welch

Trafford Council has developed a 15-year draft plan for regenerating the area around the MUFC stadium. The proposal for a high-quality setting around a world-class football stadium is due to go out to public consultation.

post updated 7 Mar 2020

New Man United Stadium Stand

Location: Trafford, just south east of the city centre

Sir Bobby Charlton Stand

Manchester United have renamed Old Trafford’s South Stand in honour of Sir Bobby Charlton.

Old Trafford Stadium Sir Bobby Charlton Stand – former South Stand:
Old Trafford Stadium Sir Bobby Charlton Stand

Club director Sir Bobby Charlton, 78, joined United in 1953 and made 758 appearances, scoring 249 goals. A member of the England team which won the 1966 World Cup, Charlton won four league titles with United and the 1968 European Cup. The retired midfielder was one of the survivors of the Munich air disaster, which killed eight of his team-mates in 1958.

Old Trafford Stadium seating plan:
Old Trafford Stadium seating plan

Fans held aloft coloured tiles, spelling out his name, before the Premier League match against Everton, reports the BBC. The South Stand, which contains the only remaining part of the original 1910 stadium infrastructure, houses the directors’ box.

Man United Stadium

Old Trafford Stadium

Address: Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA, UK.

Man United Building – information from the architects, Miller Partnership, in 2005:

Manchester United Quadrant Development

Panoramic view of the MUFC pitch:
Manchester United FC stadium pitch

Man Utd building design proposals:
Manchester United Stadium building design proposals

Old Trafford football ground from above, looking south west away from city centre, main entry on left:
Manchester United FC ground

Manchester United Stadium building images from Miller Partnership

This prestigious development involves the construction of the north-east and north-west quadrants – unifying the stadium by reinforcing the `bowl’ concept on the upper seating decks and linking the main east stand to the north and west stands by a high quality facade.

The design of the quadrants introduces major vertical circulation and this has been resolved by of highly modelled stair towers placed centrally in the quadrant creating an iconic image for the stadium. The structural system minimises the impact of the roof steel and this is achieved by creating a structural web from the stair tower to carry the quadrant roof.

The seating decks themselves provide additional capacity of 8,000 spectators, bringing the football stadium capacity to 76,000. Below the seating decks are 3 levels of hospitality providing catering for 2500. Work started on site in April 2005, the first phase was completed at the end of July with the project overall completion by July 2006.

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Manchester United FC Stadium Building images / information from the Miller Partnership in December 2005

Man Utd Stadium Old Trafford main facade
photo © Adrian Welch

Man Utd North Stand redevelopment + East & West Stands redevelopment
Architects: AFL

New Sports Bar design visual:
Manchester United Sports Bar design - Man Utd
Manchester United Stadium interior image © Miller Partnership, received Dec 2005

Manchester United Stadium Old Trafford main facade
MUFC main facade photo © Adrian Welch

Man City Etihad Stadium
Architects: Arup Associates
Etihad Stadium Manchester City Football Ground England
photo © Dennis Gilbert, VIEW
Manchester City FC Stadium

Location: Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA, Northwest England, UK

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Liverpool Football Stadium
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Liverpool FC Stadium

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