As fans share their impressions from the test events, Anfield is entering the last week of preparations for grand opening of the new main stand. See what’s new in Liverpool.
New west grandstand of Anfield has already been tested by supporters. During two test events a total of 15,000 people were allowed inside, wandering throughout spectator areas at Anfield. While the mood seems very positive overall, some have noticed the lack of legroom in areas of the all-seater grandstand.
We have to wait for the full evaluation until a capacity crowd of 18,000+ will use the stand on September 10, when LFC will face reigning champions Leicester City. By that time some long-awaited elements should be ready. Famous Shankly Gates have already been installed in a new location, the Hillsborough memorial is on its way, while LFC are creating the temporary container complex in south-western area outside the stadium.
One of the most unique places to discover inside the new main stand is a recreation of the old one. Several rows of terracing have been created by Liverpool FC and equipped with seats following the original design of Archibald Leitch. As the club informs, these wooden seats have served at Anfield since 1906 and are now a part of club’s history.
Meanwhile the Liverpool City Council is planning to revitalize Walton Breck Road, street running directly behind The Kop. The plan would see many substandard building demolished, new ones raised and the entire area be more pedestrian-friendly.
The work would be carried out in phases over the next three to four years, as the latest stage the £260m regeneration plan announced in 2013, which is being delivered by a partnership between Liverpool City Council, Your Housing Group and Liverpool FC.
You can see the proposed changes rendered below, but please mind these are just proposals, subject to change in the final plan.