Everton Identifies Stadium Site

Goodison Park opened in 1892. (Getty Images)

Goodison Park has hosted Everton since 1892. However, a change could be on the horizon.

Club officials say that have identified a site in Liverpool where a new 50,000-seat stadium could be constructed.

“The stadium remains a big priority,” said Everton CEO Robert Elstone, according to the BBC.

“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.”

Elstone declined to say exactly where the site was.

Previous plans for a new facility have fallen apart. One plan called for a venue to be shared with rival club Liverpool FC.

The next step will include cooperation with the Liverpool City Council to gain approval for building on the ground. The club hopes to have information prior to the start of the new season in August.

“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.”

Liverpool Stadium Expansion

A concept drawing of the renovated Anfield (Liverpool)

Liverpool FC has released pictures of the planned expansion of Anfield to be completed in 2016.

The stadium will add 13,075 seats to the main and road stands, bringing the total capacity to 53,250.

Cost for the renovation is estimated to be at $168.9 million, which could see Liverpool’s yearly matchday revenue rise to close to $152 million.

The plan is for construction to begin in January 2015, but further approval is needed from the Anfield neighborhood and the completion of a planning application in May.

“In order to move forward with our expansion plans, we need to have certainty that we can navigate the complex planning process and secure the support of the community, local home owners, businesses, and other key stakeholders,” Ian Ayre, Liverpool FC managing director, said in a statement.

The most recent plan to renovate Anfield was put forth in 2012, but the club has been trying to expand for over ten years.

“Although for the fans it feels like it’s been a ten year or more wait, under this ownership we’ve been at this in earnest for two to two and a half years and we’ve made progress in keeping with the plan we set.”

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin and Aaron Bauer

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