The Premier League champions aim to increase their stadium’s capacity to over 61,000.
For their upcoming £ 60 million ($ 80 m) expansion of Anfield, Liverpool will file a planning proposal this week.
By adding about 7,000 seats to their Anfield Road Stand, the Reds plan to expand the capacity of their iconic stadium to over 61,000 and are also requesting permanent approval to host concerts and major events.
Owing to the confusion surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, the submission of the planning proposal was paused in spring this year but the club believes it is now in a position to take the next step. The appeal will be sent to the City Council of Liverpool this week, with a vote due in the spring of 2021.
Initially, Liverpool had planned to start construction on the project before the end of this year, with creation finished in time for the beginning of the 2022-23 season. The coronavirus outbreak, of course, avoided it with the club still not able to agree to a new timetable.
Two phases of public consultation with local residents, companies, fans and partners have been the focus of the Anfield Road proposals. The club says it has received more than 700 comments, with the “vast majority of respondents endorsing the proposals.
Andy Hughes, Managing Director of Liverpool, said From the beginning, it was clear that the expansion would be based on three things financial viability and sustainability, successful navigation of the complex planning landscape, and cooperation between local residents and the community.”
We would like to thank anyone who has volunteered to contribute to this phase of consultation. We agree that we now have a plan that our neighbors have been aware of, that will help the broader economy and offer an incentive for more of our supporters to come to Anfield to support our excellent squad.
“Our commitment to making Anfield accessible to more fans than ever before has driven home the last nine months without fans in our stadium and while a high level of uncertainty remains around Covid-19, we would like to be in a position to move forward with the proposed redevelopment as soon as the time is right, which is why we decided to move forward with the submission of the planning application.”
Liverpool will welcome followers back to Anfield this weekend for the first time since March, with 2,000 fans expected to watch the Premier League game with Wolves on Sunday.