|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|
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Description: Goodison Park
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 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. On 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.
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Everton have become the latest Premier League club to be given the go-ahead to build a new stadium. Liverpool City Council have given approval for a £300 million new stadium, on the basis that it will form part of a city-wide bid for the Commonwealth Games. Should the plan come to fruition, Everton will be leaving their iconic home since 1892 – Goodison Park is one of the oldest purpose-built football grounds in the world.
Liverpool: Could Everton stadium cost Liverpool its UNESCO listing?
Location of Everton's new stadium has been selected. But it now turns out the Bramley-Moore Dock site might be too much for the city's fragile UNESCO World Heritage listing.
Liverpool: Planning permission for Everton in early 2018?
According to a report by Mirror the Toffees are in advanced talks with a Chinese investor. Meanwhile Liverpool Echo suggest the planning permission could come in early 2018. Early indeed!
Liverpool: City council approves Everton stadium scheme
Liverpool City Council cabinet approved the financial framework for Everton's new stadium. This facilitates the fundraising process for Everton.
Liverpool: Everton close to securing Bramley-Moore Dock site
They already agreed with developer Peel, now the Toffees are set to agree the principles of an innovative finance model with the Liverpool City Council.
Stadia Designers Cup: Start your engines and design for Everton
In three months we’ll see what could be built at the Bramley-Moore Dock. If not the official concept, then surely the grassroots ones taking part in Stadia Designers Cup.
Liverpool: Everton’s stadium or… floating buildings
Developer Peel confirms talks with Everton are progressing, but there is a Plan B in case the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock falls through.
Stadia Designers Cup: Why don’t you design Everton’s new stadium?
As we’re all waiting impatiently for details about the official stadium design for Everton, everyone will have a chance to create their own vision in a grassroots competition.
Liverpool: Everton confirm docks as preferred site
They tried their best not to say it outright, but mayor Joe Anderson helped Everton officials by calling Bramley-Moore Dock as “the elephant in the room”. This is where the Toffees want to grow.
Liverpool: Everton to break ground in a year?
This would be a great Christmas 2017 present for The Toffees supporters. The Independent claims that work on the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium can begin by the end of next year.
New designs: Is this the final concept for Everton?
Futuristic rendering, isn’t it? But that’s not how Everton’s new stadium will look. Still, the 50,000+ stadium could become part of a major revitalisation of central Liverpool.
England: Away fans must be placed pitch-side
From the 2017/18 Premier League season no club will be allowed to place away supporters far from the field. At least one section has to be placed just behind the field.
Liverpool: „We have done the hard bit”, says Everton
Key shareholder of Everton FC confirmed during today’s interview with talkSPORT that the club is committed to a new stadium and fans will be rewarded for their patience.
Liverpool: Everton working on new stadium details
October was a busy month as Everton owner and one of the world’s most renowned stadium architects visited both potential sites where a new 50,000+ stadium could be built.
Liverpool: Mayor reveals Everton’s new stadium site?
Using twitter banter mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson may have revealed the planned site for new Everton stadium. Is it the Bramley-Moore Dock?
Liverpool: Everton to the docks? Anticipation grows
Snippets of information are shared almost every day now, but Everton are yet to confirm how advanced their stadium plans are. Will it be the north docks location, as expected?
Liverpool: Goodison’s image to get major boost
Before the 2016/17 Premier League campaign Everton are changing the image of Goodison Park. Not a long-term solution, but the changes should satisfy many fans.
Liverpool: Everton shifts stadium plans
Not a choice, rather a necessity. Everton and the Liverpool council both confirmed that Walton Hall Park stadium won’t be built. Two alternatives are presented. Back to the docks after 15 years?
Liverpool: Everton still deadlocked with new stadium
Next year it will be 20 years since Everton first announced plans to leave Goodison Park! And yet it still feels The Toffees are as far from their dream as they were in October 1996.
Liverpool: Mayor disappointed by no Everton stadium progress
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson expressed his disappointment in lack of solid progress on the Walton Hall Park stadium scheme. It’s been a year since Everton announced their relocation plans.