Manchester United Bring In Sound Experts To Help Improve Old Trafford Atmosphere
Over the years football fans have found many things to jibe Manchester United about – supposed ‘glory hunter’ fans and ‘Fergie time’ for starters. But sitting atop the list is the mocking of Old Trafford’s meek atmosphere despite their enormous 76,000-seater capacity.
With sections of the crowd claiming they are screaming their hearts out at one end and not been heard down the other, the club have hired sound experts to investigate why chants are not filtering across the whole ground.
Whilst big match games in the Champions League seemed to achieve a ferocious noise, more routine games suffer a significant lack of punch. Whether it is the stadium’s acoustics to blame or an inconvenient truth that Red Devils fans are slacking in the singing department, it has yet to be discovered.
Audio gurus have already strapped equipment around the Theatre of Dreams for one match and are booked in to attend several others before the end of the season, when the club will be given recommendations on how an almighty din can be better achieved.
The Independent Manchester United Supporters’ Association have their very own alternative opinion on how to fix the problem:
“For a start, United could look at less aggressive stewarding. Fans are allowed to stand at moments of high excitement. When they are forced to sit – as they often are at Old Trafford – they make less noise.
“They should also look at having a section of the ground where like-minded fans could be in the same place, because we recognise standing is an issue for some and not for others.”
Perhaps Arsenal offer a much cheaper and quicker solution – artificial accompaniment. Last season, we attended a youth tournament at Emirates stadium and despite the ground being almost empty,an amped up recording of match-day fans was blazed out. We still mischievously wonder whether it ever gets played at Arsenal games.