Liverpool have submitted planning application to have a special walkway with fan tributes in the new plaza area outside Anfield’s Main Stand.
It was confirmed that the club is looking at the idea of Reds fans purchasing their own personalised granite stone outside their team’s world-famous ground.
It would be situated in the Main Stand’s “new public realm” – designed to reconnect Anfield to both Stanley Park and the local community.
The stones come at a variety of prices, and are a part of Anfield Forever – “a celebration of the Club, players, managers and our global supporters”.
The cheapest stone is £60, followed by one valued at £99, while a “Premium Stone with Liver bird” would cost as much as £499.
It’s something that has been done a lot of new stadiums in recent years, such as Arsenal‘s Emirates, and the new Wembley.
In her submission to Liverpool council, Sarah Jones from the club’s planning and heritage consultants Turley, outlined the plans.
“The fan personalisation proposal reflects the vision of the Club for the stadium as a 365-days/year visitor destination drawing people into Anfield and acting as a catalyst to the regeneration of the wider area.
“The application provides opportunities for fans of the Club to be involved in the creation and appearance of the public realm area surrounding the stadium and to have a legacy at the stadium site.”
There is more to the proposal too, with plans for granite benches to be added outside the Main Stand, and artwork displaying some of the iconic moments and players from throughout Liverpool’s great history.
The project is called “The Men who Built Anfield”, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Kenny Dalglish, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley commemorated, among others.
Anfield is currently undergoing a major expansion, with the new Main Stand adding 8,500 extra seats to the current capacity of 44,742.
It is expected to be completed by early next season, although Liverpool have asked Burnley for their fixtures to be reversed, in order to the Anfield clash to be during the second-half of 2016/17.
These aforementioned plans are further positives in taking Liverpool to the next level, and the idea to have personalised stones seems like a shrewd one by the club.
Meanwhile, LFC say their brand new hospitality offering, the Dugout, is expected to completely sell out by the end of the month, with just over 200 places left to purchase from the 2000 that went on sale earlier in the year.
The Dugout will offer panoramic views of Liverpool and will offer some of the best hospitality in the Premier League – live cook stations, street food and flavours from around the world are just some of the features fans can expect to experience when the expanded Main Stand opens in time for the coming season.