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Manchester United to consider shock Old Trafford decision

Manchester United plan to overhaul and refurbish the club’s iconic Old Trafford stadium.

According to The Athletic, new part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe will consider revenue-generating options such as selling the stadium’s naming rights and raising ticket prices again when the project is finished. 

Ratcliffe is keen on modernising the ageing stadium. He estimates a refurbishment costing around £1 billion. The petrochemical billionaire would rather build a new stadium, but it could cost double.

To fund these ambitious plans, United are exploring various avenues. They are currently discussing with major banks like Bank of America in their search for external capital.

The club is also considering another increase in ticket prices. Season tickets have already increased by five percent, but further hikes could be on the horizon.

However, the decision to sell Old Trafford’s naming rights is not straightforward, with many people wary of towing that line.

Unlike many of their European counterparts, United have never sold their stadium naming rights, and fans will likely oppose the change to the stadium’s historic name.

INEOS could compromise by retaining Old Trafford with a sponsor attached to the name. For example, Barcelona changed their stadium name from Camp Nou to Spotify Camp Nou.

However, if United decide to build a new stadium, a complete naming rights sale is an option.

Ratcliffe is also exploring public funding for the broader area around the stadium, with the backing of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

United’s stadium plans are a major focus for Ratcliffe. He has assembled a task force led by Sebastian Coe, with former United captain Gary Neville also involved.

Their goal is to determine the most viable funding strategy, potentially involving a mix of public funds, private partners and debt.

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