England: Everton Stadium delayed?

source: StadiumDB.com; author: Mateusz Osmola

England: Everton Stadium delayed? Some of the latest news stated that the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock was due to be ready for the start of the 2024/25 season. However, according to the club officials, construction is on schedule, and a date for the stadium's inauguration has not changed since the beginning of the works.


Everton Stadium ready at the end of 2024?

A new home venue for the Toffees has been under construction since 2021 at Bramley-Moore Dock. Everton Stadium will have a capacity of 52,888 spectators and will become one of the most modern football arenas in England, earning it a place as part of the UK and Ireland's bid to host UEFA Euro 2028. All of the stadium's stands have already reached their target height, and the ‘topping out’ ceremony to mark the completion of the structure took place in April. However, there is still a lot of work ahead of the builders.

The club authorities insist that the investment is on schedule and are confident that the facility will be completed in the final months of 2024. However, media reports have been dominated by information that the facility will be ready for the start of the 2024/25 season. Colin Chong, Everton's interim chief executive and chief stadium development officer, gave an update on the project yesterday last week and firmly dismissed rumours of a delay as "ill-informed media reports".

Chong said an exact date for the move had never been publicly set by the club and noted that Everton had "repeatedly stated" that, according to the timetable, the contractor, Laing O'Rourke, would complete the work "during" the 2024/25 season, not before. A specific date has not yet been set, but the club plans to hold test events in the final months of 2024. Chong has also not ruled out the possibility of the Toffees playing the entire 2024/25 campaign at the ageing Goodison Park.

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What's happening on Everton Stadium construction site?

Work is underway on the River Mersey to cover the roof of the north stand of Everton Stadium. The first sections of sheathing are currently being installed on top of a steel frame, where narrow sheets are rolled from coils into three long sections and joined together. These will eventually be covered with a perforated steel and aluminium roof.

The raker beams, which currently extend ground level at the corners of the north and south stands, will soon extend across both stands to form the support structure for the concrete terraces of the lower level. Meanwhile, the beam sections of the east stand and the cantilever trusses of the west stand are being joined together to shape the entire roof.

The hosts' changing room is taking shape in the basement of the west stand, where dividing walls are being formed on all three levels. Work is also underway to finish the interior of the east stand.

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