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Ben S:
http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drilldown/N135041020517-1144.htm


--- Quote ---Liverpool Football Club today announced that they would like to build a new stadium on Stanley Park - less than 300 yards from the present stadium. Plans for a new stadium, which would hold 55,000 supporters, have been presented to Liverpool City Council after the club investigated no fewer than seven different sites - including expanding the present ground - over the last two years. The new stadium will cost between 60m and 70m to build and could even be ready for the start of the 2005 season. Original plans to construct a new 70,000-seater stadium could have cost the club 120m and a decision was taken by the club to not let the cost of building a new ground interfere with Gerard Houllier's ability to compete for the best players to put out on the pitch.

"What we don't want to do - and what we won't ever do - is lose the focus that the team comes first," Rick Parry told liverpoolfc.tv. "We always want to ensure the revenue is available for the manager to strengthen his squad. That is one reason why we haven't pressed ahead with our original plan for a 70,000 stadium. We don't want to have a huge financial millstone hanging around our necks. Our view is that this stadium is right for our needs. There is still a lot of work to do though and a number of obstacles to overcome yet. It will take time but I hope all of the fans are excited by what they can see."

LFC.TV: What are Liverpool's stadium plans for the future?

Rick Parry: Our preferred option is to build a new stadium on Stanley Park with a capacity of 55,000. It will cost around 60-70 million to build and could be ready for use for the start of the 2005-06 season. The original plan, as you know, was to build a new 70,000-seater stadium but, on economic grounds, we have decided that this is the best option because the cost of building the stadium would be doubled if w e went with our initial design.

What happens now?

Now that we have settled on this as our preferred option we have to take the plans into the local community. This is a very important part of the process.

The important thing to remember here is that a brand new stadium in Anfield would be the major catalyst for the regeneration of the whole area. It would give Anfield and Breckfield a huge lift.

We have worked closely with the local residents so far and that will continue. To date we have only liased with all the representatives in the steering groups, but from now on it will literally be a case of door knocking and speaking to individuals in the area as part of our community consultation. We have appointed a specialist firm to carry this process out. We are sure that everyone will benefit from the building of a brand new stadium.

How will everybody benefit?

We are committed to ensuring the stadium will contribute to the community. There will be benefits for both the community and for the club. Within the design of the stadium there will be room for community sports facilities and we are also looking at different educational initiatives for youngsters in the local area. We also think a new stadium will create a flow of tourism opportunities for the city. A new stadium is potentially a very powerful centrepiece for Anfield and Breckfield.


Will the stadium still be named 'Anfield'?

Yes. We have no intention of selling our name. The stadium will still be in Anfield so that is what it will be called.

What will happen to the site of the present stadium?

The agreement is that there will be no loss of public open space if we build a new stadium. The boundaries of Stanley Park will be redrawn and that means the present site will become public open space. We don't dictate what happens to that space.

Do you have any preferences for what happens to it?

We would hope that there is scope for something which is a legacy to the existing stadium. One possibility is a memorial garden because a number of people have had their ashes scattered on the current pitch.

What about the Hillsborough memorial?

Of course the Hillsborough memorial would be uppermost in our thoughts when we make the plans. The same applies to the re-siting of the Paisley and Shankly gates.

I believe we can achieve good linkages from the new site to the present one without losing our heritage. Don't forget we are proposing to only move about two hundred yards.

Why did you decide against wanting to increase the capacity of the current stadium?


It would be very difficult to increase the size of the current stadium to what we want. We are very short on space and the implications of re-building the Main Stand would be considerable. Of course we would cope and we would get through it, as we did when we re-built the Kop, but we would be looking at three years of disruption as the building work was carried out. Re-building the Main Stand would be a much bigger job than re-building the Kop because of all the facilities and the dressing rooms within the Main Stand. We would have to considerably reduce the capacity within the stadium for a long period of time.

Also, when we were building the new Kop we weren't playing European football and there weren't as many midweek games as there are today. It was a case back then of the builders doing the work during the week and then handing the stadium back to us for weekend games. That just wouldn't be possible today and the logistics of redeveloping Anfield are just massive.

There was also some talk of a possible ground move to Speke?

As part of the process we had to look at as many options as possible and in the end we probably considered seven or eight different locations. But we always wanted to remain in Anfield. This is where this club belongs and it is where we want to stay.

What is the reaction of the club's Board to these plans?

It's a very emotional issue and moving from Anfield is not a decision that has been taken lightly. We have had to look at what is in the best interests of the club in the future. We have also been guided by what is best for the regeneration of the area. We must keep up with the game's other leading clubs.


A new stadium would give more fans the chance to see the team play and, after all, that's what this is all about. There will be games when we still don't have enough seats for cater to everybody, we know that. But we genuinely feel that this is the right step forward for us.

How excited are you by these plans?

Very excited, but my opinion isn't relevant really. Hopefully the fans will see this and agree that the club is going places in every respect.

What we don't want to do - and what we won't ever do - is lose the focus that the team comes first. We always want to ensure the revenue is available for the manager to strengthen his squad. That is one reason why we haven't pressed ahead with our original plan for a 70,000 stadium. We don't want to have a huge financial millstone hanging around our necks. Our view is that this stadium is right for our needs.

There is still a lot of work to do though and a number of obstacles to overcome yet. It will take time but I hope all of the fans are excited by what they can see.
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FUCKING TOSSERS

ttnbd:
84Rome looking at the plan there doesn't look much chance for later expansion.

Ben there is still a couple of process' left nd that includes going to local residents and the council so there is still hope.

You want summat to do Ben?? Go round anfield and make sure they oppose the plans ;) ;) ;)

Ben S:
ANNNNNFIELDDDDD FOREEEEEEEEEEEVER

El mooro:
Gutted.

Love Anfield, and why leave just to increase the attendance a bit.

The increase in capacity won't even accomadate all those on a season ticket waiting list.

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p.s. all that history gone, I still chuckle when i go to anfield that that was where my grandad took my grandma for their first date...

ttnbd:
the stupid thing is they are moving 100 fucking yards and have already bought all the houses behind the Anny Road end including some behind the Main stand.

Lets hope the residents oppose the plans and tell the club to fuck off.

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