Liverpool stadium plans: Pictures emerge on Twitter of Anfield redevelopment
Is this what Anfield will look like after a £150m revamp?
Wednesday 23 April 2014
Liverpool may have had their plans to redevelop their Anfield stadium leaked online after pictures emerged of a multi-million pound stadium on the Anfield site.
The plans have been labelled top secret by officials at the Merseyside club, who feel that redeveloping the stadium would prove more beneficial than moving to a new site in the city.
Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson confirmed earlier today that the redevelopment plans could be submitted as early as the end of May, which the club hope would see the expansion of the current stadium from a 45,000 capacity ground to a state of the art 60,000-seat stadium to rival Old Trafford and the Emirates.
But despite the club keeping everything under wraps, computer generated pictures have emerged on social media site Twitter that appear to show what the new ground will look like.
The club had previously looked into the possibility of constructing a new stadium complex at nearby Stanley Park, and even looked into a ground-share programme with rivals Everton, only to shelf the plans to remain at Anfield.
They have confirmed in the past they wish to begin a three-year, £150m expansion of both the Main and Anfield Road stands, and Mayor Anderson’s revelation that plans could be submitted in a month’s time suggest the club’s officials may be close to getting their wish.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Mayor Anderson said: “The designs are going out very, very shortly and people will be extremely delighted and chuffed with the outcome.
“The whole scheme is not just about the redevelopment of LFC’s ground, which I think is going to be spectacular and as good as any ground in the country when it’s completed, as there will also be a hotel offering training in hospitality and refurbished shops and new units built.
“We’re also hoping to get local companies interested in relocating there.
“Through Stanley Park will be 96 Avenue, linking to the stadium and the new Circle of Life ring [Hillsborough memorial statue] we’re hoping potentially could go there.”
The news will lift Reds’ fans further, although the prospect of a first league title in 24 years already has spirits at the club sky high heading into this weekend’s crucial Premier League meeting with Chelsea. Victory would almost assure Brendan Rodgers’ side of the unlikeliest of triumphs, given their seventh-place finish last season and beginning the current campaign with odds as long as 33/1 according to bookmakers at the start of the season.
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