Liverpool’s Anfield stadium is set to look very different next season.
The historic is currently undergoing an expansion of the Anfield Road End.
The work is less than a year away from completion and new images have been shared showing what the finished product is set to look like.
What is the capacity of Anfield?
Work on the new stand began in September 2021 which will add a further 7,000 seats ahead of the 2023/24 season.
The Anfield Road End’s capacity will increase to 15,967, taking the overall stadium to 61,015.
And now, thanks to 3D Digital Venue, we can see exactly what it’s going to look like.
As well as the increased capacity in the Anfield Road End, there are some new hospitality suites underneath the top tier, with 1,800 seats with sports bar lounge/hospitality facilities.
Away fans will continue to be situated on the left side of that stand.
How will Anfield look next season?
The estimated cost of the expansion is £80 million but Anfield is going to be a sight to behold next season.
The initial stadium was built in 1884 and underwent redevelopment of the Main Stand in 2016, adding a further 8,500 seats.
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Speaking last month on the 12-month anniversary of work beginning, Paul Cuttill, vice-president of stadium operations at LFC, said: “It’s been a very busy twelve months, and it’s impressive to look back at what has been achieved during the year.
“When the project started, we had the additional challenge of working with COVID restrictions still in place, and the stadium was still in use as a vaccination centre.
“It’s exciting to see how it’s grown and seeing the plans brought to life. It’s been a huge achievement to carry on the build around a very busy football and concerts schedule. We’re in the final 10 months of the build and it will really start to come to life from this point forward.”
Will Anfield continue to expand?
Anfield will still be behind the likes of the Emirates, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Old Trafford when it comes to capacity.
However, the CEO of Liverpool’s owners – Fenway Sports Group – Sam Kennedy, hinted earlier this week they could expand even further.
Speaking at the Sportico Invest in Sports conference in New York on Wednesday, Kennedy said: “We found an unbelievable facility, a venue that means so much more than football to the community. It is literally a place where generations have shared memories and made connections and bonds unlike anywhere else in sport if you think about what Anfield means in Liverpool.
“That said, when we arrived it needed some significant investment. There was no premium offering to speak of, not a lot of focus on food and beverage, and gameday experience to say the least.
“There had been talk of maybe a dual build with Everton and maybe building one venue for both clubs. I can assure you that was a bad idea, it would have been a bad idea for us to come out in support of it for reasons that may seem obvious now to people who understand global football.
“We made the decision to do exactly what we did at Fenway Park, preserve Anfield, protect it and expand it. We have invested several hundred million pounds into the facility, we have created a new main stand, an Anfield Road stand that is coming along, all inside the venue to bring people to the games earlier and to enhance the experience that they have there.
“It is obviously a lot more difficult when you are managing the design and construction when you are 4,000 miles away, so we opened a commercial office in Liverpool and in London to manage the process.
“I think it has been received well. We are still small in the Premier League in terms of the size of the venue and there is still a lot of frustrated demand for tickets and access, but we think that’s OK given how special the venue is.”
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