A report in Sunday’s Daily Mail supports recent suggestions that Liverpool are to remain at Anfield and redevelop their famous stadium, rather than move to a proposed new stadium on Stanley Park.
Despite owners FSG not officially confirming what they have decided, it has been long known that their preference is to remain at Anfield and renovate the stadium, like they did with American basbeball side Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park.
The Daily Mail suggest that the redevelopment of the Main Stand and Anfield Road End will cost £150m (opposed to £400m for a new stadium). It will take the capacity to 60,000 seats, 7,000 of which will be ‘corporate’.
The Mail quote a Liverpool council spokesman confirming the news;
“It does seem to be the case that the club have decided to stay at Anfield and that Liverpool officials are preparing to confirm the decision”.
The news comes almost two years since FSG bought Liverpool, with one of the “conditions of sale” that they would provide a 60,000 seater stadium.
A delay over announcing the club’s decision could be made once compulsory purchases orders are finalised on houses behind the Main Stand that remain owned by residents. Liverpool are seeking to relocate and purchases those houses and turn the area into commercial, rather than residential, space, including plans to build a hotel. Commercial space does not have the same ‘right to light’ requirements and thus overcomes a huge hurdle the club have faced in recent years.