Liverpool confirm new Anfield...


Liverpool confirm new Anfield redevelopment to start this month

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

09:39 22 Sep 2021

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Liverpool have been given the go-ahead to move forward with plans to redevelop the Anfield Road stand and increase capacity at the ground to over 60,000.

The club announced on Wednesday that the work will begin in earnest with an official ground-breaking ceremony planned for next week.

The redevelopment of the stand will see 7,000 more seats added to Anfield, taking its overall capacity to more than 61,000.

The construction of the stand will work in the same way as the redeveloped Main Stand, with the build taking place throughout the season while matches continue to be played throughout.

Managing director of Liverpool Andy Hughes said: "We have been clear from the beginning that in order for this expansion to go ahead we needed the co-operation of local residents and the community, to successfully navigate the complex planning landscape, and to ensure the project is financially viable.

"We needed certainty for this project to progress and are now in a position to be able to move forward.

"We began this journey in 2014 and are grateful to everyone for the contributions they have made to bring the project to this stage."

The project was given planning permission by Liverpool City Council in June 2021, with the club also awarded permission to hold up to six concerts and major events at the stadium for a period of five seasons.

Now construction - with Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd (Buckingham) the principal contractor - can begin with Liverpool hopeful of work being completed in time for the 2023/24 season.

When complete, the expanded Anfield Road Stand is expected to create around 400 matchday roles in addition to the 2,200 people currently employed in various operations at each home game, of which 95 per cent are known to live in the Liverpool City Region.

The redeveloped Anfield Road Stand is anticipated to be ready for the 2023-24 season and its design will see the lower tier retained and refurbished with a new upper tier built above it.

As well as an increased capacity, the redeveloped stand will be similar to the Main Stand, with improved concourses and sports bar lounge hospitality facilities.

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