After being briefly put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool’s plans to expand Anfield by 7,000 seats and bring stadium capacity to 61,000 are moving ahead again today with news construction permission has been granted.
Following public consultations, Liverpool’s planning committee approved the club’s plans for expanding the stadium, including the realignment of Anfield Road to allow for a larger footprint, with a goal of completing construction by summer of 2023.
“This is a huge milestone in our journey towards bringing more supporters into Anfield,” noted Liverpool managing director Andy Hughes, though with the delays caused by coronavirus the club isn’t ready to put a spade in the ground just yet.
“We have been clear from the beginning that this expansion would be based on our ability to gain co-operation of local residents and the community and ensure the project is financially viable, and there are still some steps we need to take to get there.”
While there is not yet a firm date to start construction, the goal of the club is to begin as soon as possible after delaying their plans last summer, a choice that saw the initial approvals from Liverpool’s planning committee for the project lapse.