Manchester United Reportedly Considering Potential Old Trafford Expansion

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2016

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Manchester United are reportedly considering expanding their Old Trafford stadium in the near future in order to bring the capacity of the iconic venue up to around 80,000 seats.

That's according to ESPN FC's Andy Mitten, who reported on Monday the club will have to reduce the overall capacity of its stadium because of new regulations to accommodate those with disabilities. And as the Red Devils currently sell out just about every match, they could use the opportunity to add to the stadium's capacity.   

Per Mitten, the club has so far publicly denied they are planning any development.

Per the club's official Twitter account, Old Trafford's South Stand will officially be named after legendary footballer Sir Bobby Charlton before Sunday's Premier League match against Everton:

Per Mitten, it is currently the smallest stand in the stadium, seating 9,800.

The plan would be to add 7,500 seats above the Sir Bobby Charlton stand, with the second tier looking similar in size to the tier above the Sir Alex Ferguson stand, albeit without a third level.

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There would also be an option to build two more quadrants of 4,000 seats each, which could further boost the capacity to 88,000. That would make Old Trafford the second-largest club stadium in Europe, behind Barcelona's Camp Nou.

A new roof is already on its way, marking the first major redevelopment approved by the Glazer family. Per Mitten, this summer marks the 10-year anniversary of Old Trafford's last expansion, which brought the total capacity up to 75,653.

Old Trafford currently is the second-biggest football stadium in England, behind Wembley Stadium and well ahead of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.