Manchester United, confirmed this week as the richest football club
in the world, announced today that it is in talks over the possibility
of further boosting its income by building a supercasino at its Old
A United States-based casinos operator has approached the club to
discuss plans to build a giant gambling venue. The operator is believed
to be Las Vegas Sands, which owns the giant Venetian Hotel on the Las
Earlier this week it was reported that Manchester United’s turnover
was £171.5 million last year, one-third of which came from ticket sales,
the rest from merchandise and media rights. While the figure made the
club the richest in the world, United’s income dipped since 2003 and
Real Madrid, the Spanish football powerhouse, has started to catch the
former Premiership and European champions in the earnings stakes.
A casino at Old Trafford could house up to 1,250 slot machines with
unlimited stake and prize money under controversial Government plans to
liberalise the gambling casinos laws.