Liverpool FC has reveled it’s intention to increase the capacity of it’s famous stadium by 7,000 seats in its Anfield Road Stand. This will cost the club a sum of £60 million ($80m).
The revealed plan is said to increase the capacity of Anfield to over 61,000, and afford the field permanent permission to hold concerts and major events.
The club will submit a planning application to the Liverpool City Council this week for the proposed £60 million ($80m) project, expecting a decision to be made in spring 2021.
The submission of the planning application was delayed earlier this year due to the uncertainies brought in by Covid-19 pandemic.
The club which had initially hoped to begin work on the project by the end of this year, with the development completed in time for the start of the 2022-23 season, could no longer as it’s unwilling to commit to a new timeframe due to the uncertainties brought by the pandemic. However, the club feels it is now in a position to take the next step.
The Anfield Road plans have been the subject of two stages of public consultation with local residents, businesses, fans and stakeholders.The club says more than 700 responses were received, with the “vast majority” of respondents supportive of the plans.
Andy Hughes, Liverpool’s managing director explaining to the media on how the plans concerning the stadium would come to fulfillment, said, “We have been clear from the start that the expansion would be based on three things: financial viability and sustainability, the successful navigation of the complex planning landscape and with the co-operation of local residents and the community.
“We’d like to thank everyone who has offered a contribution to that consultation process. We feel that we now have a proposal that has been informed by our neighbours, will support the wider economy and provide an opportunity for more of our fans to come to Anfield to support our great team.
“The last nine months without fans in our stadium has driven home our commitment to making Anfield accessible to more fans than ever before and while a high level of uncertainty remains around Covid-19, we would like to be in a position to move ahead with the proposed redevelopment as soon as the time is right which is why we’ve decided to move forward with submitting the planning application.” he said.
Liverpool Football Club is a professional football club in Liverpool, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. Domestically, the club has won nineteen League titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and fifteen FA Community Shields.
In international competitions, the club has won six European Cups, more than any other English club, three UEFA Cups, four UEFA Super Cups (also English records) and one FIFA Club World Cup.
The club was founded in 1892. It joined the Football League the following year and ever since then played at Anfield.
Liverpool was the world’s seventh-highest-earning football club, with an annual revenue of €604 million, and the world’s eighth-most-valuable football club, valued at $2.183 billion.