Plans to demolish Everton's stadium have been passed in the council. In addition, a concept for the redevelopment of the site has been approved. Construction will not start until 2024 at the earliest.
The fate of the venue where the Blues have played their home games since 1892 has finally been decided. Everton will leave their current arena once Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium construction project, which is proceeding as planned, is commissioned. Demolition of Goodison Park will not start until this £505 million investment is completed.
The Toffees' officials have submitted plans to the City Council to regenerate a site in the Walton area, whose history has been co-written by Everton over the past 130 years. The club's proposal therefore places emphasis on its ‘legacy’ for the local community. The project will see the development on the 3.39 ha site of: 173 residential units, a care home, community facilities, shops, offices, food and drink outlets, together with the necessary landscaping, access roads and car parking.
Initial suggestions for maintaining the 'legacy', include keeping the stadium's historic gates on the south-west side, ensuring that memorial plaques dedicated to supporters remain in their existing places on both sides of the gates and leaving the statue of club legend Ralph 'Dixie' Dean in place.
Everton hope to begin investment as soon as the move is made to the 52,888-capacity Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium. This would take place in the third quarter of 2024, with the redevelopment itself scheduled for completion in 2028. The upcoming venue is currently under construction on the site of the historic docks, which have been removed from the UNESCO list for that reason.
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