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Liverpool granted permission to expand Anfield with £60million redevelopment


Liverpool have been granted planning permission for a £60million redevelopment to their Anfield stadium.

The club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), have already invested £110m in a new main stand, which opened in 2016, and took the capacity from around 44,000 to just over 53,000.

Now they have been given the green light by the city council to begin works on the Anfield Road stand, which will see their maximum capacity boosted by more than 7,000, taking them up to 61,000 in total.

The new stand is expected to take 18 months to complete and is scheduled to open in summer 2023.



Liverpool have been granted permission to redevelop their Anfield Road stand
Liverpool have been granted permission to redevelop their Anfield Road stand

This follows on from the construction of a new state-of-the-art training facility in Kirkby, which set FSG back around £50m to construct.

Crucially for Liverpool fans, the building works on the stadium will not have any impact on the capacity during the season.

As reports the Liverpool Echo , the major works on the stand will only take place once the season has ended.

It promises to be an exciting development for the club, with music gigs and potentially more sporting events taking place at the venue.

In proposals submitted to the council, the club asked for permission to stage up to 6 concerts per year, as well as 2-3 sports events, with Gaelic football a possibility, while it has long been mooted that boxer Callum Smith could fight in the stadium.

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Initial plans for the stadium were altered after local residents objected to the closure of Anfield Road to complete the works.

The club then delayed putting forward their amended proposals due to the coronavirus pandemic, which were then met with some opposition on the council; particularly due to concerns over its environmental impact on the adjacent Stanley Park.

But the council voted 6-2 in Liverpool’s favour, and the club are now looking to get construction underway as quickly as practicable.

Andy Hughes, managing director of Liverpool FC, told the club’s official website : “This is a huge milestone in our journey towards bringing more supporters into Anfield.

“We underwent a rigorous two-stage public consultation period during the planning process for this project and I would like to thank everyone who has offered a contribution to that.

“We have been clear from the beginning that this expansion would be based on our ability to successfully navigate the complex planning landscape; our ability to gain co-operation of local residents and the community; and our ability to ensure the project is financially viable.

“In what has been a very unpredictable year, we are seeking certainty in order to progress with this project and there are still some steps we need to take to get there.”

The move will see Liverpool boosted to become the third biggest capacity in the Premier League, behind only Manchester United (74,000) and Tottenham (62,000).

Anfield currently holds less supporters than Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium (55,000), and West Ham’s London Stadium and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium (both 60,000).

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