|Target capacity||61 000|
|Capacity before works||45 276|
|Category||Construction in progress|
|Construction||12/2014 – 09/2016 (1st stage), 09/2021 – 2023 (2nd stage)|
|Cost||£114 + 80 million ($179 + 107.5 million)|
|Contractor||Carillion (1st stage), Buckingham Group (2nd stage)|
|Address||Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TH|
Anfield – construction description
Ever since the club decided to stay at Anfield in 2013, Liverpool FC had been working on a feasible expansion plan. Main grandstand was the first to grow, as designed by KSS Group. Existing sections were expected to be retained, but merged with massive new facilities to be built behind the stand, under one new roof.
The new stand has three levels of seating and holds a total of 20,676 spectators (split, approximately: 9300 / 3100 / 7900). This is almost 8,500 more seats than before the extension. More than half of the new seats are so-called business seats, which means big profits for the club and high admission prices.
Enabling works began in June 2014, when demolition of houses behind the main stand was launched. By December 2014 the site was cleared and foundation works started. In March 2015 the very first steel prefabs were installed and progress proved to be rapid from that point onwards. The work has been planned in such a way as not to exclude the stand from match use, so the installation of the roof has also begun behind the stand.
Following The Reds' last home game of the 2015/16 season on 11 May 2016, the removal of the seats and the old grandstand roof began. The old rows of the stands were then connected to the structure added to the rear. To allow more time to finalize the work, Matchday 2 of the new Premier League season against Burnley (originally scheduled to take place at Anfield) was played at Turf Moor.
The rebuilt stand was officially opened on September 9, 2016, with the first match after the redevelopment being played at Anfield a day later. The Reds defeated Leicester 4-1 on Matchday 4, with 53,075 spectators in the stands, the most since 1977. The cost of the grandstand extension was £75 million, but including other investment-related expenditure, Liverpool spent a total of around £114 million.
On September 30, 2021, the second phase of the venue's redevelopment officially began, including the extension of the stand behind the north goal. As in the case of the main stand, the work began with the erection of the construction directly behind the stand, so as to preserve the full functionality of the existing structure.
The original plans called for a 4,800-seater extension, but it was eventually decided to increase capacity by 7,000 (with the extended stand having a capacity of 16,000 and the whole venue rising up to 61,000 seats). The cost of the extension is £80 million and work is expected to be completed before the 2023/24 season.
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