- May 9, 2021
One thing you cannot accuse the Glazers of not being is business men. I am sure they will have done a cost/ benefit analysis of expanding the capacity at OT. They will have looked at funding it by future ticket sales etc., To expand an existing stadium gets to the point where it no longer becomes financially viable. Retrospective development costs are invariably more expensive than new builds.Expanding the stadium would have meant making a lot more money in the following years. Doing it in a season with no fans would have saved them money compared to limiting seating for renovations in a normal season.
In United's case it probably meant building over the railway and demolition of existing properties. Very expensive.