Anfield- the home of Liverpool Football Club. The home of the Merseyside Red. The stadium is a part of history and one of the most popular football venues across the whole world. It’s an institution for anyone who loves football.
Whether it be the famous Kop or the Grand Stand, it’s stadium which houses the passionate fans of the Reds. Anfield is known to create memories for a lifetime. Moreover UEFA Champions League nights are a special occasion here!
And now the stadium is set to get even louder. The club released an official statement saying that they are going to increase the capacity of Anfield. The current capacity is 54,000 which will be increased to 61,000.
The proposed extension on the Anfield Road Stand is set to begin which will extend the stadium by 7000 more seats. Furthermore the stadium has also received permission to hold major tournaments and events and concerts.
The plans for the proposed Anfield Road Stand were the subject of two stages of public consultation with local residents, businesses, fans and stakeholders. Plans for the proposed redevelopment of the Anfield Road Stand were given the green light by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee today.
The first stage included the permanent closure of a small section of Anfield Road, in line with the original planning permission granted in 2014. After listening to feedback on this option, the club made changes to the plans.
A second stage of consultation was held in February 2020, where the club presented new and updated plans to keep Anfield Road open, with the road re-aligned around the footprint of the proposed expanded stand.
“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,” said Andy Hughes, managing director at Liverpool FC.
“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,” he said.
“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,” Hughes added.