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Anfield Set For Redevelopment

Mon 15th Oct 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Liverpool Football Club have announced plans for the redevelopment of Anfield today which will see capacity increased to around 60,000.

In an interview with the club’s official website www.liverpoolfc.com, Managing Director, Ian Ayre revealed Liverpool’s plans to redevelop Anfield ending 10 years of speculation over the club’s future home.

“I know a proposition of staying at Anfield has been looked at before, but fundamentally the difference is that for the first time ever all of the relevant parties are coming together for a common initiative and that common initiative is not for the needs of the football club but actually the needs of the community,” explained Ayre. 

Liverpool had planned to build a new stadium at nearby Stanley Park, but the new plans will see Anfield’s redevelopment form part of a larger regeneration project in association with the local council and key stakeholders. The plans to increase the capacity of Anfield will however include the necessary purchase and demolition of properties close to the ground.

 “The regeneration of Anfield is something that many residents and many people throughout the city have talked about and we all recognise the football club is an employer, a business, and a resident, to some extent, in this area.

“We all know and we all appreciate how much investment and regeneration is needed in the area so bringing together all of that plan and the vision of Mayor Anderson and Liverpool City Council and some of the other stakeholders, putting that vision into reality is what's helped us be a part of that.

“Liverpool's part in that is not just the consideration of staying at Anfield and the expansion, it's a whole bunch of other initiatives that we'll work together with the other stakeholders on, so it's that coming together on the bigger initiative that's allowed us to get to today.

Well again over this process and this period over the last two years one of the things that we've had to do and was important to do was analyse the detail of what works, what doesn't work, what the economical situation is for either solution. If you build a new stadium, for example, one of the big challenges is that, depending on the capacity, you build 15,000 or 16,000 new seats - you don't get 60,000 new seats in a new stadium, you only get the difference.

“That makes it very difficult to make it viable because the cost of building such a big new stadium doesn't work economically, particularly in this market, so one of the things we had to look at was the balance between that solution and a staying at Anfield type solution, and the work we've done on that showed us that as long as we could find the right solution to stay at Anfield and get through the barriers and hurdles that we needed, we would have to find the best long-term solution for the club that had sustainability and worked economically.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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