Liverpool Football Club has launched first-stage public consultation on the proposed expansion of its Anfield Road Stand.
The current Premier League leaders are hoping to increase the overall capacity of their Anfield stadium to 61,000 by adding 7,000 seats.
The public consultation exercise will share early ideas for the proposed expansion and listen to the views of the local community, local businesses, supporters and key stakeholders.
The vision for the project is to create a bigger Anfield stadium, which will see more fans watch some of Europe’s best live football in a world-class facility in the heart of Liverpool.
The plans are in early design development and feedback received at these drop-in sessions will enable Liverpool FC to make informed decisions as the plans for the stand evolve.
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.
“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.”
The plans for the proposed Anfield Road Stand expansion include exploring the opportunity for permanent permission to hold concerts and other major events at Anfield, including other sporting events such as Gaelic games and American football outside of the matchday calendar.