Manchester United have confirmed that Stretford End will undergo some development work ahead of the 2024/25 campaign after talks with their Fan Advisory Board.
United have tried to step up their work with supporters in recent years and have already given the go-ahead to two proposals from fans: the installation of rail seating as well as the introduction of an atmospheric section at the Stretford End.
Now, the Red Devils have confirmed that further discussions with the Fans’ Advisory Board have seen the club agree to replace the executive seating area at Stretford End with general admission tickets ahead of the 2024/25 season.
Improving the Old Trafford atmosphere was a pressing concern for both united And the advisory board for the masses and the general belief is that bringing in more general admission seats would be beneficial to the cause.
Rick McGah, the club’s Head of Fan Engagement, said: “The Stretford End is one of the most famous stands in world football. It has been the backdrop for many of the most memorable moments in our history and when you are at the loudest you can feel the difference it makes to the players and the connection the fans have. with the team.
Fans and fan groups including MUST and TRA have long campaigned for executive seats to be removed from the heart of the Stretford End and made standard tickets and, therefore, more accessible to all fans.
“We have listened and agreed that as many fans as possible should stand a chance of being the Stretford Ender. We have worked with our Fans Advisory Board in recent months to make this happen and we are all looking forward to the Stretford End being even louder from August 2024.”
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Colette Roche, United’s chief operating officer, added: “Structural works will take place over the next year to return the Stretford End to general admission seating and to create a new arena. During this period, we will consult fans to understand how best to reuse the space currently used by the International Suite.
“We greatly appreciate the executive club members who are currently seated at the Stretford End and recognize the impact this change will have. The club is committed to working with those affected to find replacement seats as necessary ahead of the 2024/25 season.
“Old Trafford’s long-term redevelopment plans continue to progress, while at the same time we are taking steps, like this, to improve the near-term matchday experience.
“We are grateful to the Fan Advisory Board for their support of this initiative, and believe it provides another positive example of the benefits of dialogue with fans.”