United want to expand the Theatre of Dreams


The Manchester United board is planning to seriously expand the seating capacity of Old Trafford by adding another 12,000 seats. It is expected that the new seats would be added to the Sir Bobby Charlton stand.

Old Trafford currently has a seating capacity of 75,635.
Picture by Abhijit Tembhekar.

Earlier to execute such an expansion a lot of houses had to be demolished and a costly tunnel needed to built. However, advances in technology mean that nothing of such sort needs to be done. After completion, the seating capacity of the stadium will increase to 88,000 putting it just behind Barcelona’s Camp Nou at club levels in Europe.

Camp Nou currently has a seating capacity of a little over 99,000. Once completed Old Trafford will be the second biggest stadium in England after Wembley(90,000 seats). It will also surpass Real Madrid’s Bernabeu(81,044).


Barcelona’s Camp Nou have a seating capacity of just over 99,000.
Picture by Oh-Barcelona.com.

This news came after United announced that they will be increasing provisions for disabled supporters. And owing to that United’s Fans’ group MUST have pushed the management to increase the capacity of the stadium. Manchester United have responded positively to the requirements and an expansion could soon be on the cards.

Some of the largest seating capacity stadiums(Europe):

  1. Camp Nou: 99,354.
  2. Wembley: 90,000.
  3. Bernabeu: 81,044.



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