Liverpool’s Anfield Road Stand expansion plans will increase stadium capacity to 61,000
Liverpool have put forward proposals to raise Anfield’s capacity with a growth of the Anfield Road Stand of the stadium to over 61,000.
The champions aim to add around 7,000 seats to the stand, which currently houses just over 9,000 fans including resistance fans.
The move comes three years later Liverpool completed a 115m redevelopment of the Main Stand, which increased the capacity of the stadium to around 54,000 of Anfield.
Liverpool lately sent out 5,000 leaflets to local residents inviting them into the very first phase of public consultation within the planned expansion, which begins with a drop-in event on November 29.
The first phase of public consultation will be inviting feedback until December 13, with a second stage due to start in ancient 2020.
Liverpool published the very first images of this proposed growth on Thursday along with the club’s chief operating officer, Andy Hughes, insists most the additional seating will be reserved for”general admission use”.
“We are working towards creating an expanded Anfield Road Stand that will see around 7,000 extra seats,” he explained.
“The majority of these chairs will probably be for general entrance use and we hope some seats will be allocated to some sports bar/lounge type hospitality to be able to ensure the economic viability of their expansion.
“Further revision is required and we expect to provide more detail at the second stage consultation first year.
“These first stage consultation sessions we are holding are essential as they will be utilised to notify the design proposals we’re creating, which then will enable us to make a decision on whether to proceed with the growth as a whole.”
A section of Anfield Road would have to be closed Hughes believes it is important the club receives financing from local residents before pressing ahead with those plans and if the expansion was supposed to proceed.
He said:”For almost any expansion into the Anfield Road Stand to proceed we need certainty on three important places.
“Firstly that we are able to reach agreement with local residents, businesses and neighborhood groups that they will allow the expansion plan to occur which will mean closing a short part of Anfield Road involving 96 Avenue and Skerries Road.
“Second that we’ve got the ideal sustainable financial and economic model set up to provide a long-term sustainable Anfield and finally that we are able to successfully navigate the complex preparation landscape.
“We need to be satisfied on all 3 points for work to move.”
Liverpool are also currently investigating the possibility of gaining permanent consent to hold events in Anfield, NFL matches, including concerts and GAA matches outside the football season.