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Council approves of INEOS’ ‘Old Trafford: Wembley of the North’ plans but on specific terms


Labour councillor for Trafford Liz Patel has stated that while the council supports Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s ambitions to transform Old Trafford into “the Wembley of the North,” the funding for the stadium’s redevelopment will not rely on taxpayers’ money.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe recently acquired a 28% stake in Manchester United and unveiled plans to elevate Manchester United to the summit of English, European, and global football, complete with top-notch facilities for fans.

Central to Ratcliffe and INEOS’ vision for the Red Devils is the overhaul of Old Trafford. The new ownership consortium has pledged £300m for future investments in the club’s iconic stadium. However, Ratcliffe has also disclosed his pursuit of government assistance to realize the “national stadium in the North” initiative.

“It’s about time someone built a national stadium in the north of England. If it can be achieved [with taxpayers’ money], it would clearly be my preference,” Ratcliffe recently said.

“There is quite a big argument, in my view, for regenerating that whole south side of Manchester. The nucleus of it would be building a new world-class state-of-the-art stadium which could take England games, the FA Cup final, Champions League finals. It could serve the north of England.”

Patel agrees with the need to rebuild Old Trafford

Speaking to the BBC, Patel agreed with the need for funding to redevelop the decrepit Trafford area and welcomed Ratcliffe’s plans for the stadium: “To have a Wembley of the North would be wonderful. That is great ambition from Jim Ratcliffe and these [council] plans match that in terms of the setting and the future of the area.”

While expressing support for the plans, Patel emphasized that funding for the project would not be taxpayers’ money.

“We will seek investment into the Wharfside Development Framework,” Patel added. “How United get together the finances for their own stadium refurbishment would be separate.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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