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Manchester United Hires Acoustic Engineer To Pump Up Noise Level At Old Trafford
Published April 8, 2013
SING-A-LONG: In London, James Riach reported ManU, which will play rivals Man City in the league on Monday, "had previously attempted to set up a dedicated singing section inside the stadium but those plans have been abandoned." Despite being the largest Premier League ground, Old Trafford "has often been lambasted for having a poor atmosphere and the recent complaints came from fans in the more vocal Stretford End" (GUARDIAN, 4/5). The BBC reported one fan group said a "safe-standing" area would fix the issue. An Independent Manchester United Supporters Association spokesperson said that such areas would allow those who wanted to stand to do so and as a result "would improve the level of singing and chanting." He said: "For many, many years now, fans have been told to sit down, shut up and take what they are given. Well now they are sat down, and they have shut up -- and the club don't like it. Fans are allowed to stand at moments of high excitement [but] when they are forced to sit -- as they often are at Old Trafford -- they make less noise." He added the club also needed to "turn the music off before games to give fans a chance to make some noise themselves" (BBC, 4/5).