Liverpool have confirmed that the club’s proposed expansion of the Anfield Road stand will continue, with an official groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for next week.
The expansion, which was approved by Liverpool City Council in June, will see an additional 7,000 seats added to the Anfield Road grandstand, bringing the stadium’s overall capacity to over 61,000.
It follows the redevelopment of Anfield’s main stand, which was completed in 2016.
“The redeveloped Anfield Road stand is expected to be ready for the 2023-24 season and its design will see the lower level retained and refurbished with a new upper level built on top of it,” a club statement read.
“Throughout the design process, special attention was once again given to Anfield’s world-class atmosphere through the development of an acoustics and lighting strategy to match that developed with the main grandstand.
The expansion is expected to make Liverpool’s stadium the third largest in the Premier League in terms of capacity, behind Manchester United’s Old Trafford and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – with London’s West Ham Stadium currently operating with a capacity of 60,000 for football matches.
Liverpool expect the redevelopment to create 400 new match day roles, in addition to the 2,200 people currently employed by the club at each home game.
Liverpool Managing Director Andy Hughes said: “We made it clear from the start that for this expansion to happen, we needed the cooperation of local residents and the community, to successfully navigate the landscape of complex planning and to ensure that the project is financially viable.
“We needed certainty for this project to move forward and are now in a position to be able to move forward.
“We started this journey in 2014 and are grateful to everyone for the contributions they have made to bring the project to this point.”