English Premier League football club Manchester United has announced plans to open a dedicated “atmosphere section” in Old Trafford’s Stretford End.

The move comes after successful fan-led trials were held over the past two seasons and it is hoped the dedicated space will maintain the atmosphere at Old Trafford.

The section will be located on the right-hand side of the Stretford End first tier and will be in place for next season.

United has also announced that it will freeze season ticket prices for eighth consecutive season, and the ninth in 10 years. The club currently has 53,000 season ticket holders, with more than 100,000 supporters on the waiting list.

Pricing concessions at Old Trafford will include a £10-per-game season ticket price for U16s in dedicated family areas, half-price tickets for U18s and supporters aged 65+ (prices from £14 per game, and capped at £20), 25 per cent discount for 18 to 20-year-olds, and a 25 per cent reduction for Carabao Cup and UEFA Europa League (if applicable) games.

The club said it is “firmly committed to supporting fan initiatives to create a consistently vibrant atmosphere at Old Trafford, whilst also helping younger fans to watch live, affordable football.”

In other news, the Mail on Sunday newspaper has reported that United is in talks with Vodafone, a previous sponsor of the club, to launch 5G technology at Old Trafford. The report said Vodafone is in discussions to fit high-speed fibre-optics at the stadium to ensure it is 5G-ready.

Last week, Spanish LaLiga club Barcelona announced plans to make Camp Nou the first football stadium in Europe to have dedicated standard 5G coverage. The deployment of the 5G technology will cover both the stands and the playing field and will create more immersive experiences for fans watching at home.

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