EXPANDING THE ANFIELD ROAD STAND
A computer-generated image showing the proposed Anfield Road Stand
The Anfield Road Stand’s capacity and use
While the new Main Stand and associated public realm opened in 2016, we announced in August 2019 that we would allow the planning permission for the Anfield Road Stand expansion to lapse in order to allow work to continue on alternative options with a view to submitting a new planning application in due course.
We have started to prepare new plans for our proposed Anfield Road Stand; these show an almost identical footprint, scale, height and massing to the previously consented scheme but include around 7,000 additional seats, plus sports bar / lounge hospitality.
Our early stage plans propose an extension of the public realm from 96 Avenue around the extended Anfield Road Stand plus the potential for enhanced links to Stanley Park.
The most significant changes are:
Accommodating more seats Efficiencies in internal seating arrangements enable the provision of c.7,000 additional seats, taking the overall Stadium capacity to c.61,000.
Fan experience The plans would provide an improved match-day experience for supporters and will include enhanced sports bar / lounge hospitality facilities and a covered fan zone.
Permanent use of the Stadium for concerts and major events We are exploring the opportunity for permanent permission to use the Stadium to host concerts, other major events and a wider range of sports.
Concerts and major events
Liverpool City Council granted temporary planning permission in 2018 for up to six concerts / major events to be held at Anfield annually during a six-week period at the end of the football season (mid-May to end of June). This temporary planning permission is due to expire on 5 June 2021. We are shortly submitting a separate application to extend that permission for three weeks to 30 June 2021.
We are exploring the opportunity for this planning application to secure permanent permission to hold concerts and other major events, such as boxing, outside of the match-day calendar. Our plans also include proposals to use the Stadium for hosting other sporting events such as Gaelic games and American Football.