Liverpool has today (Friday) opened a first-stage public consultation exercise to share ideas for the proposed expansion of the Anfield Road Stand, which would increase the capacity of the Premier League club’s Anfield stadium to 61,000.
Liverpool is hosting a number of drop-in events to share the early-stage plans for the proposed expansion of Anfield Road Stand by around 7,000 seats. The majority of these new seats would be general admission, with some sports bar and lounge hospitality spaces being offered.
Liverpool will canvass the views of the local community, business, supporters and key stakeholders during public consultation. The first of the public events will take place at 4pm today at Anfield’s Kop Bar.
The club stressed that the plans are in early design development and feedback received at the drop-in sessions will allow Liverpool to make informed decisions as the plans move forward.
Today’s announcement comes after Liverpool confirmed in August that it had scrapped its previous redevelopment vision for Anfield in favour of the more “ambitious” plans. Liverpool had a deadline of September to submit plans to expand the Anfield Road Stand by around 4,000 but the club allowed this to lapse so it could pursue the new plans.
The new plans also include exploring the opportunity for permanent permission to hold concerts and other major events at Anfield, such as Gaelic games and American football. In September 2018, Liverpool was granted permission to host up to six music concerts per year at Anfield.
Liverpool’s chief operating officer Andy Hughes 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.”
Hughes added that the club expects to provide more detail during the second-stage consultation early next year. the first-stage public consultation is inviting feedback until midnight on December 13.
In 2016, Liverpool increased the capacity of Anfield’s Main Stand by 8,500, bringing the stadium’s total capacity to 54,074.