Liverpool FC revives plan for £60m Anfield expansion

In the spring Liverpool FC put plans to redevelop its Anfield Road Stand, taking the stadium capacity to 61,000, on hold due to COVID-19 – now the project is live again. Tony McDonough reports

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Liverpool FC is to upgrade its Anfield Road stand in a £60m project


Liverpool Football Club is reviving its plans for the £60m expansion of its Anfield stadium that will take it capacity above 61,000.

This week the club will submit a new planning application to extend its Anfield Road stand, which currently has two tiers. Its plan would add 5,200 general admission and 1,800 hospitality seats to the revamped structure.

Thanks to a £110m loan form its US-based parent company, Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool began rebuilding its main stand, now known as the Kenny Dalglish Stand, in 2014. It completed the project in September 2016, taking overall capacity to more than 54,000.

In its annual results published in February, Liverpool FC said it intended to start work on the Anfield Road rebuild during 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the club to put the plans on hold for at least 12 months. It has already spent £50m on a new training facility for Jurgen Klopp’s first team squad at Kirkby, replacing the Melwood ground in West Derby.

As part of the new planning application, the club is also seeking permanent permission to hold concerts and major events at the stadium. The plans for the Anfield Road stand have been the subject of two stages of public consultation with local residents, business, fans and stakeholders.

The first stage, launched 12 months ago, 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, during which the club presented new and updated plans. This included plans to keep Anfield Road open, with the road realigned around the footprint of the proposed expanded stand.

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How the redeveloped Anfield would look from outside


More than 700 responses were received to the consultation and the revised plans were well received, with the vast majority of respondents expressing support for the plans.

Andy Hughes, managing director of Liverpool FC, said: “We have been clear from the start that the expansion would be based on three things: financial viability and sustainability, the successful navigation of the complex planning landscape and with the co-operation of local residents and the community.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has offered a contribution to that consultation process. We feel that we now have a proposal that has been informed by our neighbours, will support the wider economy and provide an opportunity for more of our fans to come to Anfield to support our great team.

“The last nine months without fans in our stadium has driven home our commitment to making Anfield accessible to more fans than ever before and while a high level of uncertainty remains around COVID-19, we would like to be in a position to move ahead with the proposed redevelopment as soon as the time is right, which is why we’ve decided to move forward with submitting the planning application.”

The planning application will shortly be submitted to Liverpool City Council and is expected to be decided in spring 2021.

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