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25th Jan 2017

Manchester United move to make Old Trafford the third largest stadium in Europe

United fans will be happy with this...

Robert Redmond

Manchester United announced on Tuesday that Old Trafford’s capacity will be reduced for the beginning of next season.

The club confirmed that 2,600 season ticket holders will be moved in order to create 300 new places for disabled supporters. The move is to ensure United comply with the Accessible Stadia guide.

Old Trafford’s wheelchair spaces will increase from 120 to 277. The season ticket holders will be relocated over three years and the club will cover all the costs.

Old Trafford’s current capacity is 75,643, the largest in the Premier League and the largest of any club in the United Kingdom.

If these plans go through, United will have the third largest stadium in Europe and the second largest club stadium for any European team.

According to The Daily Mail, United are “seriously considering” expanding Old Trafford to 88,000.

The report claims the club will seek to add an extra 7,500 seats in the Sir Bobby Charlton stand. United had previously been unable to expand the stand due to the railway line at the back of the structure.

Any expansion would require the construction of an expensive tunnel and to demolish houses. However, the Mail say “advances in technology” means this may not be an issue any longer.

Old Trafford is currently the 11th largest stadium in Europe. If the expansion is completed, the only club with a bigger stadium will be Barcelona – whose Nou Camp currently holds 99,354..

While only Wembley will have a larger capacity of the stadiums in England.

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