Manchester United assembling notable figures to plan a 'world class' stadium

Fri, Mar 8, 2024
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Manchester United assembling notable figures to plan a 'world class' stadium

MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Owner Jim Ratcliffe is quickly moving ahead with plans to build a "world-class" stadium for Manchester United.

The British billionaire, who last month bought a 27.7% stake in the English Premier League club, has made redeveloping or rebuilding its iconic Old Trafford stadium one of his key objectives.

On Friday, United said it assembled a task force including World Athletics president Sebastian Coe and former player Gary Neville.

"The north-west of England has a greater concentration of major football clubs than anywhere else in the world, yet we don't have a stadium on the scale of Wembley, the Nou Camp or Bernabeu," Ratcliffe said. "We will not be able to change that on our own, which is why this task force is so important to help us seize this once-in-a-century opportunity."

The task force also includes Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Trafford Council chief executive Sara Todd.

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