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02/12/2019

Liverpool FC Share Ideas For Stadium Expansion

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Liverpool FC have unveiled its vision to create a bigger Anfield stadium.

The Premier League club displayed the early-stage plans for the proposed Anfield Road Stand expansion at a number of drop-in events last week.

The current proposals would see the capacity of the Anfield Road Stand increase by around 7,000 seats, the majority of which will be general admission, with some sports bar/lounge hospitality being offered.

If approved, these plans would bring the stadium capacity to over 61,000.

The club is also exploring permission for the stadium to host concerts and other major events outside of the current footballing calendar.

Andy Hughes, LFC's chief operating officer, 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.

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"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.

"We are working towards creating an expanded Anfield Road Stand which will see around 7,000 additional seats. The majority of these seats will be for general admission use and we expect some seats will be allocated for a sports bar/lounge-type hospitality in order to ensure the economic viability of the expansion. Further profiling is needed and we expect to provide more detail at the second-stage consultation early next year.

"These first-stage consultation sessions we are holding are crucial as they will be used to inform the design proposals we are developing, which in turn will help us to make a decision on whether to proceed with the expansion as a whole."

Further drop-in events are planned later this week ahead of the second stage of public consultation in early 2020.

(CM/MH)

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