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Liverpool have been given permission to begin work on an expansion to Anfield, which would raise the stadium’s capacity to over 61,000.
The expected cost for the expansion is set to be around £60m, and the overall capacity will be increased by 7,000 seats on the Anfield Road End.
Liverpool applied for permission for expansion to the Liverpool City Council back in December and only received approval today – this means they can expand their stadium to fit in more fans than the likes of West Ham, Arsenal and Manchester City.
The plans for expansion were met with backlash from two councillors, who voted against it after learning that 27 trees would have to be cut down.
Liverpool, however, promised to plant 70 new trees to replace them.
The club’s Chief Operating Officer, Andy Hughes, spoke in favour of the expansion, saying: “The club has been investing significant sums into Stanley Park over many years.
“We've spent over £20m on the restoration of the park and this proposal involves us investing more.
“We have made really significant contributions to the park and continue to take it really seriously.”
Plans for the expansion were first made in March 2020, but had to be pushed back to December that year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The development of the stadium is now set to take place over 18 months, both during the season and in the off-season when fans can’t attend games.
The Anfield Road end will continue to accommodate both home and away fans and the increased capacity is set to bring more matchday revenue.
The club’s previous expansion was in the 2016/17 season and it saw the club’s matchday revenue increase by £12m.
Along with the increased capacity, the expanded stadium will host six ‘major events’, such as music concerts.
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