I know Peter is seen as having a bee in his bonnet about rebuilding Anfield but his reasoning is spot on. I still worry about the quality we'll be left with in the retained parts. I wouldn't have a problem if a tweaked version of the AFL design was built in Stanley Park. It's a much better stadium that the renders suggest. I did an overlay of the AFL Kop and the Westfalenstadion Sudtribune and they are about the same.
The perceived rake of a stand often has to do with the edges - if the edges are contained it feels steeper than a continuous bowl.. In the conversation I had the other evening we are talking about how the Kop is't that steep. You feel like part of the crowd with a connection with the person in front and behind who are closer to your level.
This is not an ‘either or’. It’s not a question of poorer facilities or
a new stadium. All of the seats in a redevelopment (and the hospitality etc etc) can be as good as a new stadium. Every seat in the ground could be upgraded - as long as you pay for it. In a new stadium you must
pay for it. No choice.
The pricing structure at Anfield is in any event too flat. The premium seat prices are eye-watering at the top end (works out at over £8000 a season, per head and more than the boxes, per head). But the standard seat prices price out the less well-off and families and it doesn’t maximise the ‘take’ from Joe Average who’s got a few bob more.
There a multitude of ‘price entry points’ at the Allianz for example ie., something to suit everyone. Perfectly do-able to offer such a plan in the UK, but here this plan would have a higher price floor. The lowest price would be higher than at the Allianz and significantly higher than an existing and un-upgraded seat in a redeveloped Anfield.
But on the slightly different issue of atmosphere, Westfalen is surprisingly small for its capacity. I stand to be corrected but since some of those seats will go back some years, I imagine they’re not as big as modern regulations call for. In other words, Westfalen has kept the old seats for the same reasons as we would at Anfield - to have a wider spread of prices (and a better 'crowd')
There’s many worry about losing the ‘crowd’ as the seats get bigger and bigger and I would be one of them. I’d rather be in a crowd than sitting at home in an armchair. Having been to Wembley now - not an unreasonable comparison.