Picture of Liverpool FC's new stadium plans
THIS is the £300m football stadium Liverpool Football Club expect to playing in from August 2010.
The football club has submitted new plans for a stadium they hope to build on Stanley Park over the next three years.
Made largely of glass and steel, it will be able to seat 76,000 - 18,000 of who will be in an 18,000-seater Kop - (if planning councillors approve)
The new single-tier Anfield Kop, complete with specially designed roof, will be steeply raked and its seats tightly packed, retaining the world famous Anfield atmosphere.
To Liverpool will dig an eight metre hollow into the park near Arkles Lane and Priory Road, so the height of the stadium does not cause controversy or breach current planning laws.
That means the pitch and many of the seats on its front rows will be below ground level.
There will also be a car park and below the stadium there will be house presidential style secure bunker suites among a range of top-class corporate facilities, with glass fronts to meeting rooms and suites which will look out over Stanley Park.
Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry said: “It was always the aim of the club, with the backing of Tom Hicks and George Gillett, to be world class on and off the pitch.
“When they took over, the first thing they wanted to do was review the stadium in terms of design and capacity.
“This is the immensely impressive result of their deliberations.”
The revised plan has been produced by leading world architects Dallas-based HKS, following the American takeover by Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
The club also intends establishing a joint venture company with Liverpool council to manage Stanley Park, improving its historic facilities, including a major restoration of Gladstone Pavilion.
Liverpool will create an Anfield Plaza on the site of the current ground, and will soon consider what to do with artefacts including the Hillsborough Memorial, the Bill Shankly Statue and the Shankly and Paisley Gates.
It is also expected that Liverpool will look into re-opening the Bootle branch line to provide rail access to the stadium, a fact revealed by the Daily Post last week.
Parry said: “We make no secret of the fact that we want a greater capacity and will consider putting in a second planning application when appropriate.
“However, we fully recognise for this to happen that all the associated transport requirements need to be in place.
“To increase the capacity above 60,000 we need a further step change in our approach which is why we, together with Liverpool city council and Merseytravel, are investigating the possibility of reopening the Bootle branch railway line for passenger use.
“That would be a fantastic solution, not just for the club, but for all the people of north Liverpool.”
The Reds’ new ground will also incorporate dedicated facilities for the Anfield Sport and Community Centre and Liverpool Hope University, and external facilities will include tennis courts and new multi-use games area.
The stadium will have a stone- work base on the north, west and east sides with mainly glass facades above. The south side will be clad in metal and overlook the Plaza.
One striking feature will see the south east and south west corners of the stadium visually open, providing views from the park deep into its heart.
Another fantastic piece of architecture for the city.
Would be good If bands played their too, Instead of going to places like Machester or London to see them.
Gididi Gididi Goo.
That's what the new arena's for.
Updated weekly with old and new pics.
I am not a football fan, really couldn't care less about it, but this looks like it will be an asset not just to the club and fans but to the whole city.
Properly organised and it seems like the new owners are using their experience in American sports, with transport facilities etc. It will get rid of a lot of the chaos that takes place now.
If the rail link is put in, park'n''ride could be really easily organised with a huge secured car park remote from the ground.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.
first post lads..
LOVE IT, awesome and unique
Thank you Tom and George. You have given us excatly what we wanted as in the fans survey. It is modern , and at the same time it is traditional with the four stands. The kop is out of this world.
Thank god you never give us a souless bowl-shaped stadium , these dont generate any atmosphere.
Imagine the players coming out at pitch level looking up to this massive steep kop. It will scare the **** out of them. Well done.
It is now over to you Liverpool city council , DONT LET US DOWN.
The new stadium; I say free tickets should be given out to us Anfield residents - so we can be the first to go in and have a look at the place - we could have a free invite to the first match or something
Well I love It.
And yes it will end up a 76,000/78,000 seater one day.
I am so glad I put my name down for a season ticket a few years back, I may actually have a chance of getting one in my lifetime now
I'd be wary of arists impressions and the eventual reality. For example, Coventry's Ricoh Arena...
Last edited by MarkA; 07-27-2007 at 12:31 PM.
Will be a sad sad sad day the day we leave, wonder if they'll let us in with screwdrivers to remove our seats
New stadium looks stunning, mind the internal pics are definately rush jobs.
I disagree with giving away public park-land to any private business. If L.F.C. can't make it's way in this economic world then it deserves to go bust, the same as any other business. It's the thin end of the wedge as more and more park-land is given away. Any other private organisation will expect the same consideration. It does prove one thing, though ...don't expect Liverpool Council to be the custodians of anything that was donated for the benefit of the people.
Why couldn't they build it in 'Kirkby'???
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Council sold a lease to LFC at a nominal rent (how much would you have paid for a couple of acres of tarmac?) and will reap the reward of regeneration of swathes of Anfield from funds generated by the development.
Good management of assets and a good deal I think and one the council should be congratulated on.
I'm a Kemlyn Road side standy type seasie holder and if it wasn't for LFC and the new ground then Anfield would never have any chance to make any kind of recovery.
So some peoples' argument seems to be, that if any land in the custody of the Council becomes run-down, then it should be given away to a private company. I know this is the Councils' policy, but they aren't honest enough to admit it.
I thought the Council had a duty to protect green-spaces...but I guess that's just another duty they neglect.
The area has been maintained by the city with precious little funds from the likes of us.
There has been a car park on this site for at least 30years used only on match days. Others days you might see one man and his dog and hypodermic using the space.
Council have not given it away but have leased it LFC and have got substantial funds for regeneration of the area. There will be new homes and reviatilised areas (currently a gangland of yobs and arsonists). The vernon sangster centre will have a new home in the stadium. The park as a whole will be refurbished and maintained.
Hundreds of thousands will enjoy the new stadium and millions will be generated in rates. A great stadium and a great image of the city will be beamed around the world.
But, no; you prefer to have a few acres of scrubland so that you can have something to moan about.
The parks of Liverpool are not a land-bank for private development (or schools or hospitals) but belong to the people of Liverpool and future generations.
Other considerations come second to that important point.
As I remember it, L.F.C. intended to expand by purchasing local houses...until they suddenly noticed a "run down park" over the road.
A park that we are mainly building on the car park section as well as sorting out a new Vernon Sangster sports facility. A park thet LFC are paying a rent every year to the council, a park that LFC will ensure is kept up to scratch. A park that has been left to rot and decay for years without either the locals or the council that arsed about it.
Hundreds of millions of pounds will now be kept in the local economy.
If LFC had moved to say speke, then the whole of that part of North Liverpool would decay even further as it would take many many years to get any half arsed investment to do anything in the area.
The fact that the train line will now more than likely reopen to passenger traffic to give more transport options also will help.
Maybe we should ask Knowsley council if they have any space for us as well?