Stadium Design and Use
A computer-generated image showing an indicative view of the proposed Anfield Road Stand expansion
An important part of our vision for the expanded Anfield Road stand is to retain the unique atmosphere at Anfield and improve the experience for our visitors and fans including improved concourses, hospitality lounge and relocation of the current Family Park.
Our recent design development includes:
If consented, these proposals will make Anfield one of the largest stadiums in the Premier League and would take the overall capacity to over 61,000. Whilst a number of respondents wanted to see an even bigger Stadium, our detailed plans retain the previously shared capacity of around 7,000 additional seats, plus sports bar lounge / hospitality facilities. This proposed capacity increase is the maximum achievable whilst complying with stadium design, safety and comfort standards.
Retaining the special atmosphere at Anfield is one of the key design drivers and was instrumental in the current owners deciding to expand the existing Stadium rather than relocate to a new stadium in Stanley Park. As part of the proposed design, the lower tier is to be retained and refurbished with a new upper tier built above it. In addition, the plans retain Anfield Stadium as four individual stands to reflect the historical evolution of the Stadium. We are also continuing to develop an acoustic and lighting strategy which meets with our ambitions for a world-class Stadium.
View of the proposed Anfield Road Stand and Main Stand corner
Whist we respect the feedback received from some of our supporters, the proposed expansion plans will retain Anfield as a fully seated Stadium and capable of delivering different configurations of away fan seating, dependent on specific league or cup requirements. Current legislation requires the stadia of all Premier League clubs to be all-seater which we continue to comply with.
Use of the Stadium for Concerts and major events
The opportunity to extend the use of the Stadium is well supported by our feedback and therefore remains part of our proposals. We continue to discuss the details with Liverpool City Council to ensure the best solution. We have also listened to a number of individual comments received from the local community, fans and visitors about the management of events at the Stadium during concerts, special events and on match days together with suggestions for improvement. More information on this is provided on the ‘Local Community’ panel in this exhibition.
Distant view of the proposed Anfield Road Stand from Stanley Park