Gary Neville says, Manchester United owners, the Glazer family should sell the naming rights to the Old Trafford.
In an interview on Stan Collymore’s, The Last Word Podcast, Neville says if it was him he would do it.
As a legend of the club and a staunch supporter to this will cause some controversy, with many fans.
The club owners the Glazer family have always been accused of being money hungry and in the business of football and Manchester United to make money.
It must be acknowledged, while the club is far from at its best right now. They have been at the helm through some of United’s greatest triumphs.
While not all the signings have been successful, they have provided hundreds of millions of pounds in support of their managers.
However, this is not about making money, but giving back.
Neville’s idea is to sell the naming rights of the stadium and use the funds generated to subsidise the price of tickets for the fans.
“The Glazer family, and to be fair, they’ve said it for correct reasons, have said that they’ll never put naming rights on Old Trafford, the brand of Old Trafford.”
“I would sell the naming rights to Old Trafford if I was at Manchester United for £60, £70, £80million-a-year.”
“On the understanding that all of the money generated – £800m over ten years – would mean that the whole of the Stretford End would be £10 or £12 to get in, and a proportion of those tickets would go to young people.”
“It’s the first time I’ve made that suggestion, but I’ve thought it for many, many years.”
“You would consult with the fans, you’ve sold sponsorships in every other area of the club.”
“Old Trafford is an iconic stadium in name. I’ll never change calling it Old Trafford.”
“But for the sake of it, let’s say you sponsor it for £80 million-a-year, and you call it ‘Stan Collymore’s Old Trafford’ or the ‘Jamie Carragher Arena’ .”
“It would subsidise ticket prices for ten years and it would be wonderful.”
“It would allow the communities of Stretford, Salford, Broughton, of Ordsall, to get into Old Trafford for the price of a Costa Coffee.”
United sold the naming rights to their training facility for 15 million pounds a year.
There would be no end of the business’s wanting a chance to have their name all over one of the worlds most iconic stadiums.
Cutting the price of a ticket by as much as 60% is unlikely to happen, no matter what other money comes into the club though.