Nobody is saying move. It does need major upgrade though for fan comfort, feck the ones in hospitality and the corporates, the people sat in the stadium who have gone for years and years should be thought of first. Their comfort and safety. Cramped seating cannot be great for safety in an emergency.Best as it's so iconic. Emirates and Spurs new stadium are soulless. Particularly the former.
No you're right. Old Trafford absolutely is the "cultural hub" of everything that football is in this countryWeird article, talking about Spurs and LA being more cultural hubs. I would say it is the complete opposite and OT is the one with culture etc.
Football fans go to watch football, not to watch singer songwriters performing in posh bars on the concourse as part of the match day experience.
Maybe I'm getting old.
Yes, these criticisms have a real kick 'em when they're down feel.Definitely could do with a revamp, but I wonder if this is being overplayed due to our current struggles on the pitch. Anfield may have been recently extended but is hardly shiny bling. Last season when Barca came here, we heard so much of this worn OT narrative, only for me to go to Nou Camp and feel so angry seeing a stadium just as worn, if not worse than OT!
We tried to trade Lukaku outright for Dybala. The club was well prepared to have a spending bill of £150m this summer and then some if the players would have been available. We bid for Sean Longstaff. There's plenty of things to criticize the owners for, but saying they are being stingy on the transfer budget is very, very unfair.It genuinely does feel that they are just biding their time before leaving, to me. Might not be this summer, but they can't allow our once-amazing stadium to decay and under-invest on the field and expect it to look like they're committed to the long-haul. Eventually something will give.
Jose's last summer, he got £70m.
Ole got £70-80m last summer.
It appears that they've capped their spending on the football club in the past couple of years - probably because of horrific spending the previous few years (in terms of quality, not amount). It feels a bit to me like they are asset-stripping and preparing to fly the nest and Ole's the perfect public face for such an operation because the fans will still keep turning up and cheering a bit while they cross the tees and cross the i's.
I was tempted to put 'tired, worn Jamie Jackson' without the hyphen as part of the title. But I genuinely thought it was a good read.Jamie Jackson - tired, worn.
Old Trafford was upgraded for £20m this summer. Not the big splash we all want, but the facilities aren't flat out ignored. Among the things that were upgraded were the disability facilities including 2 in the Stratford End, a "atmophere" section in the same area, the VIP lounges, new kiosks, the VAR system wasn't free. The stadium seats are all being replaced as well over the next 5 years, 15,000 a year. AND security systems have had an upgrade both inside and outside the stadium.Old Trafford's history makes it special. In fact it would still be special even if it was a dilapidated hovel. Which in effect means that type of special is irrelevant to what the article is on about when it compares OT to the likes of the Spurs stadium.
There's absolutely no reason for OT not to modernise and provide better facilities for matchgoing fans. Having history shouldn't mean skimping on that, or ignoring where OT falls short. We had a thread on this recently where someone pointed out how inaccessible it is for fans with mobility problems, for example. That's pretty shit for a club as big as ourselves.
Good article, interesting that it implies the Glazers would happily(!) invest.
I went to the Spurs stadium consecutive weeks for NFL games a couple of months ago. First week I was wowed and it’s a really impressive modern stadium...by the end of the second game I was over it.
I’d much prefer OT to a brand new stadium with no history or character, named after the highest bidding corporation.
Dave Pennington, the vice-chair of the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, says: “Supporters have no faith in the owners committing the substantial long-term investment needed. There’s been no major development since the quadrants were built in 2006. The subsequent investment has been limited to mandatory – but still welcome – expansion of disabled facilities and corporate hospitality. Old Trafford is still the biggest in the Premier League but it’s now far from the best – the facilities are limited and outdated.”
Barney Chilton, of Red News fanzine, says: “Old Trafford carries memories, history. And a soul. The key is what the crowd in the near future might want – and a younger audience will want what others provide elsewhere … I remain convinced that under different owners we’d have seen Old Trafford remain at the forefront of design and upgrades. We have had token work done on it, and doesn’t it show? The leaking roof is a fitting analogy for the recent United.”
What are you suggesting, cushions on the seats?Nobody is saying move. It does need major upgrade though for fan comfort, feck the ones in hospitality and the corporates, the people sat in the stadium who have gone for years and years should be thought of first. Their comfort and safety. Cramped seating cannot be great for safety in an emergency.