Manchester United explore Old Trafford expansion

English Premier League football club Manchester United is assessing ways to expand the capacity of its Old Trafford stadium, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper said the club is looking into adding more than 12,000 seats, which would take the stadium’s overall capacity to 88,000. The seats would be fitted at Old Trafford’s Sir Bobby Charlton Stand.

With a capacity of 75,643, Old Trafford is already the biggest club stadium in England. The 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium is currently the largest venue in the country.

Barcelona’s Camp Nou would be the only club stadium in Europe bigger than Old Trafford if the expansion plans come to fruition.

The Mail notes that United is considering expanding Old Trafford due to the seats it will lose by installing a new section for disabled supporters.

The report adds that 7,500 seats would be added to the main area of the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand, formerly the South Stand, with the extra seats to be added in the stand’s two quadrants. A safe-standing area could be incorporated into the stand, although this would require a change in the legislature at English football grounds.

News of a possible stadium expansion comes as United announced plans to hire the Premier League’s first full-time ticket touting and compliance officer. The successful applicant will be expected to randomly check tickets in and around Old Trafford, as well as identify where they are being distributed.

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