English Premier League club, Liverpool FC have revealed renovation plans to increase the capacity of their home ground, Anfield.
The majority of the proposed amendments would occur to The Main Stand, expanding to three tiers and the Anfield Road Stand.
At completion of the proposed redevelopment, the stadium’s capacity would rise from 45,500 to approximately 59,000.
In October 2012, the club stated in a press release that the priority was redevelopment rather than relocation to the adjacent Stanley Park.
The main concern raised by local residents during the 2012 proposal discussions was the demolition of some houses in close proximity of the ground.
Club officials have stated that discussions with property owners effected were “progressing well and all parties are close to agreement, but there are still details to be finalised.”(BBC)
Further modifications to the redevelopment would see the Hillsborough Memorial relocated to The Main Stand, paying tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who died attending an FA Cup match in 1989.
The club must continue with current consultation processes before presenting and submitting the final plan application to the Liverpool City Council in the coming weeks.
Liverpool Managing Director, Ian Ayre has said: “Good progress has been made so far and we are proud to be able to unveil our plans.”
If the application is successful, construction would commence early in 2015 and is predicted to be completed by the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.