|Other names||The Grand Old Lady|
|Opening game||02.09.1892 (Everton - Bolton Wanderers, 4-2)|
|Renovations||1895, 1906, 1909, 1926, 1957, 1958, 1971, 1988, 1991, 1994|
|Record Attendance||78,299 (Everton - Liverpool, 18.09.1948)|
|Address||Goodison Road, Liverpool, L4 4EL|
Goodison Park – stadium description
Decision to relocate to Goodison Road was made as future development at Anfield proved unviable. In 1892 a local contractor was ordered to erect three stands – two open terraces and one covered. Complete capacity was 11,000 (two with 4,000, 3,000 under cover). Implementing the plan took less than 6 months and Everton became the first club in England to have a purpose-built football ground (just several days after the world’s first – Celtic Park).
Until 1895 the Toffees leased the venue and were only then able to buy it, providing redevelopments just several years later. New stands came in 1906 and 1909, both double-deckered. Two more double-tiered ones came in 1926 and 1938, making the ground have two levels on all sides. Three of those stands were designed by famous Archibald Leitch.
First game with floodlighting came in 1957 and since it was a derby clash against Liverpool, over 58,000 people attended it. Just a year later England’s first under-soil heating system was installed here with first scoreboard following in 1971. A major challenge came in the ‘post-Hillsborough era’ as three ends of the ground had terracing and needed conversion. One stand had just seats installed, another a lower tier redevelopment, while the last – southern, was simply demolished and rebuilt as a single-tiered end in 1994.
Over the years this ground has seen more top league games than any other with Everton spending just 4 seasons outside domestic top flight. To add to that, only 6 times the club hasn’t enjoyed average crowds that would put it in England’s top 10. Record average came in 1963 as each game was seen by more than 51,600 people. The stadium also had its share of international fixtures, to start with 1966 World Cup, during which it even hosted a semi-final.
How Goodison Park compares to other Premier League stadiums?
England: New home of Liverpool's blue side takes shape
The football rivalry in the Beatles' city is not just played out on the pitch. Currently, both stadiums belonging to the two biggest local teams are undergoing renovation or being erected. Being built from scratch is The Toffees' future venue, which Evertonians can already be proud of.
England: Stadium rises will affect Premier League clubs
The value of almost all 20 stadiums owned by teams playing in the Premier League has recently increased. As a result, clubs will face multi-million pound tax increases involving their infrastructure.
Liverpool: Everton's new stadium is a masterpiece, isn’t it?
If you've ever flown from Dublin to Leeds, you'll be aware of the route that takes you over the city of Liverpool. By this stage, the plane is well into its descent and you have the luxury of identifying landmarks in this iconic city whilst peering out of the window.
England: Meet the 2022/23 Premier League stadiums!
Much to the delight of fans, the new English Premier League season will kick off on Friday, August 5. On this occasion, we would like to introduce you to the stadiums where the footballers of the world's best league will soon be playing. Get your English tea in hand and let's get started!
England: Stadiums partially closed due to pitch invasions?
The end of the season in most European leagues, including the UK, was marked by many football club successes. Fans, in the heat of the moment, have on many occasions decided to run onto the pitch after the final whistle. "Pitch invasions" may have greater consequences than it may seem.
Liverpool: City Council approves demolition of Goodison Park
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.
Liverpool: Everton's new stadium project could receive serious funding
Everton's new stadium project could receive a serious financial injection. The club from Goodison Park is set to raise up to £395 million, securing two vital streams of funding as the first phases of work on their new stadium get underway.
England: Safe standing trials in Premier League and Championship
There has been talk for some time about introducing safe standing in the two highest leagues in the country. In 2019, the government assured about the imminent change of the regulations, but these were not introduced until 2 years later.
Liverpool: Formal groundbreaking at Bramley-Moore Dock
First incision of the first excavator, it may be more of a photo opportunity than actual construction but it still symbolically starts the largest stadium project north of London in many years!
Liverpool: UNESCO out, Everton in – it begins!
Though the city lost its place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, it might gain much more in the long run. New stadium of the Toffees is just one of numerous developments, to be developed along the riverfront.
Liverpool: Everton announce groundbreaking!
After over 20 years of trying to relocate from Goodison, the Toffees are finally just days away from starting construction of their new stadium. Come 2024, their fans will enjoy one of the best stadiums across the Premier League.
Liverpool: UNESCO status lost because of Everton stadium?
By the end of July the city of Liverpool could no longer be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Removal from the list of humanity’s landmarks could be prompted by the new Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium.
Liverpool: Countdown to construction begins!
It seems nothing can now stop the Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium from being built. Construction should begin within the next few months, although there are still issues to deal with before that happens.
Liverpool: Everton to wait longer for government approval
The statutory deadline for secretary of state’s decision is set for tomorrow. The authority has asked for an extension, caused by the scale of Bramley-Moore Dock stadium plan.
Liverpool: City Council approves Everton's new stadium
Everton FC has been given the green light by city authorities to build a new stadium. Tuesday's decision made by Liverpool City Council means that the construction of the new venue for “The Toffees” could begin this spring.
Liverpool: Decision on Everton's future stadium delayed
Special City Council meeting devoted to the project was expected in December. It will not happen. The planning application has been set back by COVID-19 and the sheer scale of Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium.
Liverpool: Three standing terraces at Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium?
We've known for a while thatEverton's new stadium will be safe-standing-ready. However, thismight not be limited to the south end, instead extending also towardsthe east and north.
Liverpool: Further consultation on Everton stadium
With the amended documentation now submitted, residents and institutions have until October 22 to list their support or objections to the Bramley-Moore Dock plans.
Liverpool: As expected, conservation body against the stadium
Historic England has requested for the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium project to be reviewed by secretary of state. The organisation recommends for the application to be denied approval overall, unless the decision-maker concludes benefits outweigh the harm.
Liverpool: Everton to break ground later, design updated
The Toffees have confirmed changes in Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium schedule. No chance for groundbreaking in 2020 any more, early 2021 is the best option. New architects also updated the stadium design.