Man Utd’s plans to increase Old Trafford’s capacity shelved over coronavirus

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MANCHESTER UNITED’S plan to increase Old Trafford’s capacity will reportedly have to wait until the end of next season because of coronavirus.

The Red Devils were planning on boosting attendances at home games by adding seats in the summer but they have been scuppered by Covid-19.

Man Utd will have to shelve plans to increase Old Trafford’s capacity because of coronavirus

The club had planned to increase capacity after the installation of 300 disabled positions in 2006 reduced the overall capacity from 76,000 to 73,300 but this is now on hold, according to the Mail.

United were hoping to reconfigure existing areas to add more seats as stadium expansion poses significant logistical challenges.

In 2018, it emerged the Glazers wanted to increase Old Trafford’s overall capacity to a whopping 90,000.

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They planned to put an extra tier on the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand to boost attendances.

But the audacious plans would have left them homeless for a time given the complex engineering required to pull off the feat.

United’s managing director Richard Arnold said at the time: “We haven’t left the easiest stand until last. The Sir Bobby Charlton Stand is the last un-expanded stand.

“There’s not much space on either side of the stand meaning that it’s a very complex engineering challenge.

“It would be a multi-season challenge and it isn’t certain there’s a way of doing it which doesn’t render us homeless.”