Manchester United are to install new floodlights at both Old Trafford and Carrington as part of an £11million schedule of works this summer.
Club officials will also oversee the arrival of 1,500 barrier seats as United seek to improve the atmosphere with the aid of ‘safe standing’. The home and away dressing-room areas, long since in need of an upgrade, will also be renovated while a new, Covid-secure digital access and ticketing system will be rolled out.
Fresh pitches and facilities for the men and women’s teams at the training ground are also on the list, while new disabled facilities have already been completed.
The moves come at a time when United’s American owners have come under increased fire from fed-up supporters, with lack of investment in the stadium and facilities one of many gripes.
Indeed, a door smashed by protesting supporters, which allowed them to enter Old Trafford and force the postponement of the Liverpool match last month, was left boarded up for weeks. The door has recently been repaired, with United saying it was custom-made and not ‘off-shelf’.
‘We’ve been trying to get the Glazers out for 15 years without success, so it’s no wonder the club have struggled to do the same,’ one fan joked.
In addition to the infrastructural plans they’re also reportedly ready to go big in the market as they look to add Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho to their shopping cart.