Everton stadium plans: Club confirm location in Liverpool identified to build new 50,000-capacity stadium
The Toffees have called Goodison Park home for 122 years but the club's chief executive has confirmed they have identified an unnamed plot to build a new stadium
Wednesday 30 April 2014
Everton have confirmed that a location within the city boundaries of Liverpool has been identified where the club could build a new 50,000-capacity stadium, which would see them leave Goodison Park after 122 years.
Both Everton and their Merseyside rivals Liverpool are looking into either building a new home or expanding their current stadiums, with the Reds announcing plans to redevelop Anfield to raise the capacity to near-59,000 last week.
Plans to build a new stadium at Stanley Park that would see the two clubs enter a ground-share agreement never came to fruition, and now Everton chief executive Robert Elstone has confirmed that several locations have been examined with one plot standing out in particular, although he refused to name where the site was.
“The stadium remains a big priority,” said Elstone.
“We hope it comes to fruition and if it does I think it's something that the city and our fans will be proud of.”
The club must now take steps to work with the Liverpool City Council to see if they can gain a plan of the ground, and the Toffees hierarchy are hopeful that they could have further news on the new plans before the start of the new season in August.
Elstone added: “The board is currently looking not only at this opportunity, but also the associated risks and the debt that the club may well have to take on to deliver this.
“[But] we wouldn't be investing what we're doing without thinking it had a chance of success.”
On the pitch, Roberto Martinez knows his side must beat Manchester City this weekend if they are to stand any chance of beating Arsenal to fourth place and secure the final Champions League qualifying berth.
Even if they beat title-chasing City, a win for Arsenal against West Brom on Sunday would see the Gunners qualify for Europe’s elite competition for the 17th straight season, with Arsene Wenger yet to miss out on the Champions League since arriving at the club.
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