PICTURE: Old Trafford with 20,000 people on the roof

by Sam Peoples

Earlier this year, Manchester United employed acoustic specialists to see if there was anything they could do to improve the sound levels inside Old Trafford.

Since then, United tried and tested a singing section and are clearly putting some effort into improving the sound inside the ground but Wired magazine have taken it one step further.

They asked Populous, the architecture firm who designed Wembley, to create a mock-up of improvements that could be implemented at Old Trafford and of all their ideas, creating a ‘fanzone’ on the roof was certainly the most radical.

Fanzone roof

“This extends the fanzone to the top of the stadium — it could be a venue for pre- and post-match entertainment, or a viewing area for fans without tickets. The Kop A single-tier stand for 20,000 people. ‘It becomes the engine room for the atmosphere in that seating bowl. As it gets noisier, everyone else gets noisier — it’s natural amplification’.” 

Essentially it would be like putting Red Square on top of Old Trafford for 20,000 fans who couldn’t afford / didn’t want to pay for a match day ticket.

Check out the other ideas that Populous came up with here.

What do you think of the ideas put forward by Populous?

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