Training Ground Guru | Manchester United announce Carrington upgrade
Written by Training Ground Guru – September 21, 2021
MANCHESTER UNITED has announced planned upgrades to its Carrington Training Center, which has been their home since 2000.
The owners of the Glazers have been criticized by their supporters for not upgrading Old Trafford and Carrington. They made a series of improvements to the training center over the summer and have now submitted a planning request to the Trafford Council to:
- Stand all places: Capacity of nearly 500 people, with an integrated broadcast and performance analysis platform adjacent to the i pitch. This will replace two small brackets and a TV gantry. There will be eight positions for wheelchair fans, alongside their personal assistants.
- Ground side toilets
- Electrical substation
- New fence: Along the east side of the training center.
- Improved access for disabled users: Hard areas and paths; new sanitary block with disabled toilet.
- LED spotlights: âWill allow more flexible use of training grounds. “
In addition, planning requests will be “shortly” submitted for two new bespoke pavilions to accommodate additional locker rooms, offices, gymnasiums and dining areas. Plans for overflow parking are also “in preparation”.
However, the chief operating officer Colette Roche admitted that: âLonger term we are looking at more comprehensive redevelopment plans for Carrington to ensure it will be a state of the art, fully integrated facility for our men’s groups, of women and the Academy.
âSignificant and revolutionary investments will be made in our training facilities to take Carrington to the next level once again. In the meantime, our team has worked exceptionally hard over the summer and this season on these improvements. “
Inevitably there will be questions as to whether the work goes far enough – especially when rivals Leicester City, for example, recently moved into a new Â£ 100million training facility.
The new grandstand means the Under-23s could play games at Carrington. With Manchester United Women, they are currently playing home games at Leigh Sports Village. The U18 and U23 train in Carrington during the day, while the U13 and U14 train there in the evening.
The renovations that took place in Carrington this summer were:
- Pitches rebuilt.
- Renovated female team facilities.
- Director’s office refurbished.
- Modernized catering areas.
Roche added: âPart of the challenge for us is to create an inclusive place for all who work and train in Carrington, while ensuring that it is a safe environment against Covid.
âWe also want to make the site more accessible for those who may need to use a wheelchair or who have a disability. The new stand and the access routes are important elements.
The Carrington training complex is located in the village of Carrington, just outside Sale in south Manchester and approximately five miles from Old Trafford.