First Manchester United new stadium meeting held as Seb Coe shares details of ‘world class’ ground

The Old Trafford Regeneration Task Force, led by Lord Sebastian Coe, has commenced its work to resolve the stadium issues faced by Manchester United. The club announced plans to build a new stadium, which could potentially cost £3 billion, leading to the potential demolition of the existing 75,000 capacity stadium. The task force aims to explore options for the development of a ‘world-class’ football stadium in the north of England and the economic and social benefits it could bring to the region. Seb Coe, drawing on his experience from the London 2012 Olympics, expressed his excitement to be part of the project and the potential for sports to drive urban regeneration.

He shared this sentiment on X, emphasizing that it marks the start of a journey and there is uncertainty about its direction. Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who aspires to create a ‘Wembley of the North’, is enthusiastic about providing United with a high-quality home ground. There is growing anticipation in Manchester about the prospect of a new stadium, with Sara Todd of Trafford Council expressing enthusiasm about the renewed investment and the potential for transforming the area into a modern growth hub. Trafford Council is committed to collaborating with the club, local residents, and key partners to develop ambitious proposals that will bring socio-economic benefits to the area.

They see the opportunity as unique and transformative, particularly for the local community.

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