Ross Kemp's caf ID
- Sep 13, 2012
You just want to turn up and watch football.People need to be careful what they wish for. If they do redevelop the ground or build new, do you think the average fan will see much of a benefit? Or will the money be spent on suites for entertaining...? The East stand itself is fine. The concourse isn't great but could be tarted up. Food and drink isn't too expensive considering. I just want to turn up and watch decent football. I'm not that bothered by suites for hob nobbing. £150 a ticket and your watching the same game from the same seats as the rest of us.
But when we talk about "the average fan", it's the average fan from a pool of attendees who also include children, the elderly, families, day-trippers, tag-alongs with no real interest in United or perhaps even football, foreign fans who may only get to Old Trafford once in their life, tourists attending just to attend, etc etc. In other words people who are in no way diehard, just-there-for-the-game supporters but who pay the same as anyone else for their tickets so want the best experience they can get from it all the same. And who may be a lot more likely to return if they have best experience they can get from it.
And that cohort of people would quite likely enjoy more comfort, more convenience, better food, better facilities, better ability to socialise around the games and there generally being more on offer in the area besides just that 90min match. And it's hard to imagine those fans' experience wouldn't benefit from a revamp.
After all, the stadium isn't just for the hardcore football fans who care much more about the game than anything else. It's for anyone who pays the (relatively expensive) price to attend.