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Anfield Road Expansion: 164-metre cranes to slot 300-tonne roof truss into place

Liverpool Football Club’s ambitious Anfield Road End expansion will take a massive leap forward this weekend when its 300-tonne roof truss is hoisted into place.

Two huge 600-tonne cranes, that tower above the local skyline at 164 metres high, will ease the structure into place over a 12-hour period on Sunday.

There it will be held secure by 60-tonne haunches at either end, and 25,000 steel bolts.

It’s been 10 months since work began on the Anfield Road Stand redevelopment to increase capacity at Anfield to 61,000.

Last September, Jurgen Klopp put the first spade into the ground and work officially started.

This is the third major capital build project undertaken by LFC in recent years, following the build of its fantastic new Main Stand in 2016, and the opening of its state-of-the-art AXA Training Centre in November 2020.

Work is expected to start at 8am with a team of 30 skilled engineers involved. The lift itself is expected to be seen from miles around.

The new Anfield Road stand will stand at 39 metres high and be home to an extra 7,000 Liverpool fans when it’s completed ahead of the 23/24 season.

Paul Cuttill, VP of Stadium Operations said: “As the new season is fast approaching, there has been a lot of work completed on the Anfield Road expansion project during the off season. Fans will see a huge change when they next visit the stadium.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, June 29, 2022: An aerial view of Anfield, the home stadium of Liverpool Football Club. The image shows the ongoing construction of the Anfield Road stand which will add an aditional 7,000 seats to boost the overall Anfield capacity to 61,000. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“The truss lift is always an exciting part of the build programme and is a very carefully managed operation. As it’s so complex, a lot of prep work has been carried out by our construction partner Buckingham to be ready for tomorrow.

“This is a massive milestone in this ambitious project which is on track to be completed right on time.”

For any residents or fans visiting Anfield this Sunday please note:

  • There will be a fenced exclusion zone in place from 7am on Sunday 10th of July
  • There will be no access to the Hillsborough Memorial during this time, as this it in the exclusion zone
  • LFC’s Museum and Tours and Retail store at Anfield will be open. They will be accessed around the fenced exclusion zone
  • LFC Stewarding team will be on site to help supporters find their way around the exclusion zone.

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