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Manchester United shelve stadium expansion plans

Manchester United shelve stadium expansion plans
Manchester United have decided against expanding their Old Trafford stadium following a series of assessments.

The club was believed to be looking into adding an extra 15,000 seats to their current home which would take it to 90,000 making it the joint biggest stadium in the UK but these plans have been shelved. Goal.com reported a number of studies had been carried out to assess whether it was possible to add an extra tier on top of the South Stand over a railway line which runs along the back of the stadium. However, senior sources said that the work would cost £30 million to complete adding that it would not be financially viable in the current climate.

Man United currently have the biggest club stadium in the UK with the capacity to hold 75,200 supporters and only England's Wembley Stadium is larger. The club has made significant improvements to the ground in the past few years and renamed the North Stand, the largest in the stadium, the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand to commemorate the manager's 25th anniversary in charge of the club. There have also been numerous discussions regarding where the away fans are situated although a decision has yet to be made.

Officials at Man United are looking to relocate visiting supporters from their current location of the East Stand corner to the third tier of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. This was trialled during a game with Aston Villa in the 2011/12 campaign but the plans have not been carried through to this season. Many objectors have said that it will cut away fans off from the atmosphere of the game and can leave them a bit isolated and there has so far been no word on whether or not it will be fully implemented in the future.

On the pitch, Man United are currently striding towards a historic 20th league title and sit six points clear at the top of Premiership following a last minute winner at Manchester City from Robin van Persie.

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Date: 11/12/2012 16:30:08

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