Liverpool have announced the first phase of a public consultation over the club’s proposed expansion of their Anfield home.
The proposed expansion of the Anfield Road Stand at one end of the ground would take the stand’s capacity by around 7,000 and take the overall stadium capacity to more than 61,000. The club says the majority of the expansion would be in general admission seating, with some sports bar or lounge hospitality offered within the work.
The club says it will host a number of drop-in events to share the early-stage plans with the public, with events beginning on Friday 29th November at Anfield.
Andy Hughes, Chief Operating Officer, Liverpool FC, said: “For any expansion to the Anfield Road Stand to go ahead we need certainty on three key areas. Firstly, that we are able to reach agreement with local residents, businesses and community groups that they will allow the expansion plan to take place, which will mean closing a short section of Anfield Road between 96 Avenue and Skerries Road.
“Secondly, that we have the right sustainable financial and economic model in place to deliver a long-term sustainable Anfield. And lastly, that we are able to successfully navigate the complex planning landscape. We need to be satisfied on all three points for work to proceed.
“We are working towards creating an expanded Anfield Road Stand which will see around 7,000 additional seats. The majority of these seats will be for general admission use and we expect some seats will be allocated for a sports bar or lounge-type hospitality in order to ensure the economic viability of the expansion. Further profiling is needed and we expect to provide more detail at the second-stage consultation early next year.
“These first-stage consultation sessions we are holding are crucial as they will be used to inform the design proposals we are developing, which in turn will help us to make a decision on whether to proceed with the expansion as a whole.”