Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are all set for the launch of their new Hotel Football venture, a £24m four-star venue located just a David Beckham free-kick away from Old Trafford.
The impressive 12-floor structure contains just about everything a Red Devil could want to sample pre or post-match, including an Old Trafford supporters club at basement level and a roof-top Astroturf called 'Heaven' at the summit.
Prices aren't cheap but Giggs is confident Hotel Football is something that can be rolled out successfully across the country in time, which is no surprise given that match-day hospitality packages in the 'Players Lounge' area already sold out for the rest of this season.
Big business for Giggs
United's assistant manager showed the Manchester Evening News around his new premises ahead of the grand opening on February 28th, sharing his pride that the project has been turned around so quickly over the last 12 months.
Giggs said: “This has been four or five years in the making so it’s nice to experience it all and see it finally coming to fruition.
"Obviously here we’re right in the shadow of Old Trafford, but Hotel Football is something we hope to take around the UK and eventually around the world, so for us it’s a celebration of football in general.”
United fans have new pre-match base
Deep in the bowels of this extravagant new setting lies the place where season ticket holders at Old Trafford are likely to be situated most regularly, a new supporters club with room for 800 people.
Entry on a matchday will cost £1 and that money will go to local charities, with further space planned for outdoor areas when the weather plays ball.
£40 for entry to 'Heaven'
Far more exciting is the new hotel's USP, that rooftop football pitch. Entry on a matchday to 'Heaven' will cost £40, with seven couples already booking up to get married in a setting with a retractable roof.
Giggs and Neville look to be onto a winner here, although it remains to be seen if the novelty wears off with prices for a stay in the 133-room hotel starting at a whopping £240 on matchdays.
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