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Man Utd Forum   ·   16 comments

Is Nike about to buy Old Trafford for 500 million


Is the rumours true are Nike trying to buy Old Trafford and rename it The Nike stadium.I'm sure die hard United fans would go nuts if this was to happen. But i like the idea think of the players that would buy so.


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Genius · Man Utd fan

Care to guess at the value of tradition? The actual monetary value of it? Especially over a long period of time? How tradition and values can directly influence global endearment towards a club like Manchester United and contribute towards keeping its fan base as strong as ever into the future? Therefore directly influencing revenue.

Let's say we don't sell.. For good. Forever. Then in 100 years and beyond, Manchester United will have one of the only remaining non commercialised stadia in the World, because things ARE changing. For me, that would be special, virtually unique, and our stature within the game, tradition and endearment to millions/billions around the World would have a good chance of being like I said, as strong as ever.

I can't see United remaining Old Trafford, anymore than I can see Liverpool renaming Anfield, or Madrid renaming the Bernabeu, but it will be interesting to see which does first, if people are so convinced that that's the way football is heading.. for ALL clubs!

However one more point to add would be that United are now privately owned, and I wouldn't put it past those idiots doing anything! Especially with the debt monkey sitting on their shoulders. Tampa Bay are causing them real concern and United gave them a scare this year. They haven't got years to wait, to provide longevity, regardless of the values and traditions of the club. They need to balance books, service immediate debt and now have share holders to satisfy on both sides of them Atlantic!... and shareholders are the worst for piling on pressure and forcing brutal merciless business decisions. The Glazers aren't philanthropists, they're successful business men, and I'm pretty sure they're not even that keen on what we on this side of the World, call " the beautiful game".

LUHG

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Doozers20 · Man Utd fan   In reply

@crackentone You're right they wouldn't, some may not realise that it is the same stadium but that would only be at the start.

No point arguing about it anyway, like I said I don't feel that passionately about it, some others would, it's just something that I would dislike.

Don't see the point in Nike paying that money either though, not like they're an unknown brand.

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crackentone · Man Utd fan

When you say Foreigners what you mean is tourists. Do you really think tourists will spit the the dummy out and refuse to vist Old Trafford becaue of a name change. How daft does that sound

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Doozers20 · Man Utd fan   In reply

@crackentone Maine Road was hardly as iconic a name or stadium than Old Trafford, I couldn't imagine foreigners coming over to see Maine Road, Old Trafford however...

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crackentone · Man Utd fan   In reply

@Doozers20 lol Every team has a history at their home ground. History is not all about winning trophies. Teams that win very little still have massive history. You should also try telling Man City fans there was no history a main road.

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Doozers20 · Man Utd fan   In reply

@crackentone Manchester City and Arsenal haven't the history or traditions that United have, plus they moved to bigger and better stadiums for more revenue, not simply changed the name (I know City changed the name of their current stadium but that hardly had any history behind it). Also, Newton Heath hardly had massive history behind it too...

Like I said, if this was to happen, I wouldn't be protesting, I wouldn't chain myself to Old Trafford, I don't feel THAT passionately about it and I would still call it Old Trafford. I just don't like the idea.

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crackentone · Man Utd fan   In reply

@Doozers20 It was not that important for Manchester City and Arsenal. Its only the name of a football stadium. Remember Newton Heath Manchester United's former name.

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Doozers20 · Man Utd fan   In reply

@crackentone for some things, history and traditions are more important.

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crackentone · Man Utd fan

Old Trafford sounds like an old railway station or an old cricket ground.
The Nike stadium sounds new and modern. Lets face it things change in life every day

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Villa-Rich · Aston Villa fan

I wouldn't like my club to change the name of Villa Park as it is also a very historical and traditional ground. I'd say no if I supported Man U.

The trouble is its the way things have gone now the game is all money orientated. The game has sold itself out for money and is continuing to do so in other ways like this issue.

That's why I'm fed up of football and I come out with the competition is dead line blah blah blah.

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jimbo1984 · Man Utd fan

As if the club would get the money.,.

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Doozers20 · Man Utd fan   In reply

@Jonevarro you're right I doubt I'd protest or anything like that, but I'd still prefer it not to happen,

What's the point in doing it if noone calls it that name? I also know I'd want to hit anyone who did just as muchbad those who call united 'man u'

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Jonevarro · Chelsea fan

@Doozers20 let's be honest though, people will still call it Old Trafford. £500m is a bloody lot though, would clear most of your debt

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Doozers20 · Man Utd fan   In reply

@Jonevarro history and traditions > money, United aren't short of a few bob either lets face it.

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Jonevarro · Chelsea fan

500m is ridiculous money, I for one would be for it if I was a United fan

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Doozers20 · Man Utd fan

Absolutely 100% hate the idea, Old Trafford is an iconic stadium with an iconic name that brings in enough revenue on that name alone.

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