I am writing to share with you some exciting updates regarding the provision for disabled supporters at Old Trafford.
MUDSA has been campaigning tirelessly across a number of fronts and working with the club in respect of ensuring that the processes and facilities continue to build on the work done to date. MUDSA has never had a better relationship with the club, and we have worked hard to be proactive in our relationship with them.
This hard work has yielded results across a number of initiatives:
- Implementation of protective netting that was put in place in front of the away fans at the recent Juventus game (which will be deployed again for the Young Boys match).
- Negotiated a ticket exchange with the club for use by disabled supporters.
- Doubling the number of visits to the AON Training Complex to twice a season,
- Restored universal access to the Phil Downs Ability Suite (after the Young Boys game),
- Expanded our work with The Foundation reaching into the broader community,
- Implemented Nathanial’s work as Junior Ambassador,
- Staged the inaugural MUDSA Cup.
All of these activities feature in the latest Rollin’ Reds magazine.
Since the club’s announcement in 2017 of their accessibility changes, new positions in the East and South Stands were implemented from the 2018/19 season. However, we have had ongoing dialogue with the club to discuss challenges associated with the plans and potential for further development.
We are delighted that the club has now, further to consultation with MUDSA, taken the decision to introduce new wheelchair user platforms and amenity seating in four alternative locations, in place of the three remaining platforms that were due to be rolled out.
The new facilities will offer a wider choice of vantage points around the stadium, at different levels and various prices. As you will see from the image below, new facilities will be located in…..
- Stretford End Tier 1,
- Stretford End Tier 2,
- The Away End,
- Extended facilities in the North West Quadrant Tier 2.
Overall, 118 new wheelchair positions will be created (all plus carer seat), bringing the total to 278, in line with the ASG guidance for a stadium with a capacity of 74K, along with 158 new amenity seats.
Although the plans have changed, the club is still on-track to have all new facilities permanently in use for the 2020/21 season, as originally committed to.
We hope that you are excited as we are about these revised plans. The club will communicate accordingly at the relevant time regarding ticket availability in these new areas.