Sunday Feb 13  Posted by: Tonio Bone  74 Comments »

A visual idea of a redeveloped Anfield

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74 Responses to “A visual idea of a redeveloped Anfield”

  1. two step-deep looking says:

    why not say about 100,000 seated stadium like of barcelona homeground. just 6-80000, I think it is like manu or arsenal not our present liverpool, which has the highest number of worldwide tv supporters. Just want to see 100,000 fans in stadium when broadcasting

  2. NICK BROWN says:

    I’d love us to stay at Anfield if we could hit around 60,000 capacity

  3. Dunk says:

    I agree with expanding it more than this. Or at least, expanding it in such a way that further expansion can be done. There is no point expanding to a smaller size than Old Trafford. Any high-up/far back seats can be sold at a cheaper rate, which will enable massive crowds and we’ll get the crowd advantage that Man Utd currently enjoy.

    I’m presuming this is cheaper than buying a new stadium, however, Liverpool will have reduced revenue during the period of building work. And with the financial fair play rules, this will reduce the player signing and salary budget for that period.

  4. Rusty says:

    To suggest leaving the Main stand in its present state is laughable and suggests you have never been near the Main stand and maybe even Anfied.

    The Main stand was built in 1972/73 and while the other three sides of the satuim have since been rebuilt, this area has remained the same. It is old, cold and the facilities are so outdated to non existent. and not up to the Standard required by Liverpool FC.

  5. Tonio Bone says:

    @ Dunk! As far as I am aware the FIFA fair rules apply only for the purchasing of players and their salaries. Capital expenditure it not part of it.

  6. Tonio Bone says:

    @Rusty! I did say that I found these pictures on the internet from a June 2008 blog. It was just to give an idea of that can happen and there is no doubt that the first area to need a change an increase capacity IS the main stand.

  7. ST Kalithasan (Malaysia) says:

    If NESV is seriously considering expanding Anfield, then they should seriously consider expanding Anfield to accommodate at least 100,000 fans. It could be a staggered development plan. Build the main structure as depicted above. Then, progress with a 5 to 10 year plan to increase the capacity by 10,000 every year. YNWA.

  8. Xile says:

    That is a massive car park you have built on stanley park! After the game will all those cars converge on to Anfield Road which will be awash of supporters?

    I could be wrong, but I think those houses behind the main stand are empty (well they look abandoned to me), they might even be owned by the club. If they are, I’m sure they could be demolished and the main stand extended backwards.

    The only problem I have with extending Anfield is the traffic situation. It’s bad enough now, when the full time whistle goes it’s a mad rush to get out first to avoid the masses of traffic that quickly builds up, god knows what it would be like if there was an extra 15,000 – 25,000 people leaving the stadium!

    It’s not just the stadium that has to be developed, the streets & surrounding roads need work to be able to cope with the extra people/traffic, which I think is impossible as it’s a residential area with very little room for redevelopment.

    Have you been to Anfield?

  9. C says:

    I think you have this wrong. The main stand is the one that needs developing. it is the oldest of all the stands and badly needs upgrading. build a third tier over the top of the main stand with a cantalever design to held support the existing mainstand structure and remove the posts that provide an obstructive view

    there’s your 60000 stadium right away, and cheaper than your option

  10. Steve C says:

    I like the sound of keeping anfield and extending it. But as someone who is 6ft 5in. I am reduced to being able to fit in the Upper Centenary and Upper Annie Road. I cannot fit in the KOP nor have I ever been able to fit in the Main Stand. So a little bit more room for the taller than average would be a blessing. If they expand the kop more in an upwards directions that would produce a wall of sound which could be more itimidating to the opposition as well as letting me sit comfortably without having my knees in the back of someone head for 90 mins. YNWA!

  11. IrishRed says:

    No offence, but this is the most stupid article, ever. you take a picture from Google Maps and using paint “extend” the stadium? The others have touched on the roads issue, but you’ve also the issue of preparing the ground, making sure it’s suitable for the new weights without reinforcing, the works trucks getting in and out, etc, etc.

    If it was as simple as you make out, they’d have done it long ago.

  12. Xile says:

    To Steve C,

    I share your pain! I am 6’5″ too, and the seat spacing on the Kop is awful! I’m forever fidgeting trying to get comfortable as the seat in front digs into my knees, I always like to go on the Kop when possible despite the discomfort.

    My next game is Sparta Prague at home but sitting in the upper centenary, I’ve been on the lower centenary once before but not on the upper, so looking forward to that.

    The worst seat I ever had was about 8 years ago at home against Arsenal, I was sat at the very back of Anfield the Road end, when people infront stood up, I then had to but the lights were then in the way and I couldn’t see a bloody thing, never again!

  13. mop ed says:

    The houses behind the main stand are owned by the club. Many are derelict.
    You can see that in street view in Google Maps.
    The Annie road needs to be rebuilt too I would say. Take the top tier off and extend from there.
    It could be bigger than the kop.
    Maybe another tier on the Cent stand too.

    Anyone have the original plans for redevelopment that Parry and co didn’t support?
    There were drawings for a redeveloped ground if I remember correctly.

  14. stephen says:

    @everyone who has commented!

    Steady on people, it’s not as if this is the proposal that is going to be submitted to planning imminently!

    give the guy a break, all he has done is try to visualise what it may look like!!

    no ones saying that it is the best proposal in the world!

  15. Nidge says:

    What do people think to this idea. If Anfield Rd could be diverted, or run under the stand, and remove the row of houses nearest to the ground on
    Skerries Rd and Lothair Rd, I can’t see why a 70,000 plus, redevelopment of Anfield could not be achieved.

    Rather than just sticking a bit onto this stand, and bit more here, why not follow a plan over 4 years to completely transform Anfield.

    Three different links to a four year plan.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59539825@N06/5445550235/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59539825@N06/5445550657/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59539825@N06/5445551147/

  16. defenately the main stand has to be demolished make way for a 22,500 massive stand it should cost about 40 to 50 million then the anny road end add 8 to 10 thousand on that cost 25 to 30 million then its the turn off the centenary stand demolish the centenary stand build to the same design as the main stand ..the kop is a bit tricky thoug,.you,de have to build over the road and that means knocking down a few pubs and shops.tho kop would hold 18,000

  17. fod81 says:

    plan is ridiculous. you’ve just pasted extensions on each end. the centinary stand has been extended with a gap of about 5 metres for 30000 fans to walk through. its a death trap these plans. to get to the finished article you need to demolish much further back and get rid of more buildings.

    unsafe plans

  18. Tonio Bone says:

    I wish to thank everyone that has commented on this discussion and those that voted the poll. As I said immediately, I found the pictures on the internet and these were meant to stimulate the discussion. This is neither my work or my idea.
    The plan was to raise a discussion and most of the comments were constructive, others were unfortuneately just criticism without substance or alternative.

  19. Aitken Drum says:

    There’s a lot of work needed before FSG makes any decision. Whatever is decided should be done in conjunction with the Liverpool City Council, with the emphasis on improving the City of Liverpool more than the needs of the club. Things would go a lot easier taking that path. While Anfield has history and the affection of the supporters, the question remains whether expansion of the existing Anfield is possible with desirable results. The history will always be there, but increasing capacity by 30-40 thousand will make it a different place. FSG did well with Fenway Park, but capacity increased only 6,000 and Fenway is in use only 6-7 months a year providing a much larger window for construction. Anfield is in use 10 months a year which doesn’t give much time for major work. John Henry is sympathetic to keeping Anfield. However, he’s not an engineer or architect. FSG needs a professional evaluation of Anfield to determine what is feasible. Until that is done everything is speculative. Incidentally, one of the FSG partners, Larry Lucchino, President of the Red Sox has experience building and renovating stadiums. He was in charge of building ballparks in San Diego and Baltimore and improving Fenway in Boston.

  20. paul says:

    my ideas – anfield rd – add a few more rows onto lower tier up to same amount of rows in centenary lower,add onto upper anfield rd to also have same amount of rows as centenary upper
    centenary – keep how it is
    main stand – replicate centenary with 2 tiers lower and upper same amount of rows almost like twins
    kop – extend a little more

  21. Chris says:

    The main stand is the first thing that needs developing, its crap… there’s restricted view and no leg room.

    Redevelopment is a good idea but not if your in charge of it!

  22. Don says:

    NIdge, it would be cheaper to build a new stadium from scratch than build your suggest redevelopment. Whatever is built transit and transportation will have to be addressed with any large new stadium or redevelopment…

  23. mark says:

    Wrong on a few accounts.
    Kop can’t be expanded without being rebuild and for just 3,000 extra seats, financially it would be (about £3.5m revenue) it would make no sense to do it, and most importantly of all, you seem to have destroyed The Albert!!!!

    The Centenary stand can’t be expanded because it will be too close to the houses behind it, you have to have a 45 degree angle from the lowest window to the sky.

    The Main stand can be expanded by about 6-8k by removing the houses down Lothair St as all but about 2 or 3 are empty and those people can freely be relocated to any of the redeveloped houses in the nearby area.

    You got Anny Rd right though, probably to about 15,000, fill in the corner between the Main/Anny rd stands and that’s about another 4k.
    Kop Stand: 12.6
    Centenary: 12.4
    Main Stand:18k
    Anny Rd: 15
    Anny/Main: 4k
    Approx 62k so anywhere between 60k-65k

    • tony says:

      i think we should move to stanley docks and build a 75k seater just like bayerns for liverpool and everton to share coz the london and manchester clubs are gong to be well a head even if there was anougth room traffic and parking biulding on parks got to get away from resedental areas at least by the docks there is i railway line for a station bill shankley and peter robinson said we should of sheared years ago maybe we may of won a title in the last 20 years