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Liverpool have been competing successful
Liverpool`s new stadium in Stanley Park moves a step closer
By Simon Moffatt
Councillors approve plans for Liverpool`s new Anfield in Stanley Park. Work could start on the 60 thousand seater stadium as early as next spring.
Liverpool have been competing successfully with the European big boys on the pitch in the new millennium (see Istanbul 2005) now the club has the chance to do likewise off it. LFC have secured planning permission for their new £400 million iconic stadium in Stanley Park.
Work`s expected to start on the 60 thousand seater ground sometime in the spring of next year. Its hoped it will be open for business in 2011.
LFC in Stanley Park
The city council`s planning committee unanimously approved the proposal. Liverpool now just have to wait a while to see if Communities Secretary Hazel Blears decides to intervene to force a judicial review. If not it is all systems go next year.
The approved plans are the second set Liverpool have designed for the Stanley park stadium. The originals revised after American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett saw and heard the Kop in full voice at a crucial Champions League game against Barcelona.
The new stadium has as its central feature a new Kop, a single tier stand with a capacity close to 19 thousand. It will also be possible, should Liverpool want to, to increase the size of the new ground to 76 thousand seats. Although this would require a second planning application.
Hand in hand with the new stadium comes the regeneration of the Stanley Park and North Liverpool area. On this the club are working with Liverpool City Council, the North West Development Agency and the Government Office in the North West.
Not everyone`s happy though. Objectors claim the move destroys green space and wouldn`t have been approved if the park involved was Sefton rather than Stanley.
For Liverpool FC though Tuesday the 6th of November 2007 couldn`t have been any better. Planning approval for the new stadium will help the club generate more revenue off the pitch, while on it the team went on a record breaking net busting spree hammering Besiktas 8-0 the biggest ever win in Champions League history.
last updated: 07/11/07
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were the council right to approve liverpool`s new stadium on Stanley Park? will the move help keep the reds at the top end of european football?
anfield L4 resident