10 things you need to know about Anfield Stadium and its new stand
1 year ago
Liverpool FC’s Anfield Road extension is just over the half-way mark with the redevelopment on course to bring the capacity of the Reds’ stadium up to 61,000.
Work is being carried out at Anfield Stadium, on the upper tier of the famous Anfield Road Stand, with the lower level remaining unchanged.
This latest investment – around £80m – follows the expansion of the Main Stand which was completed in 2016, and here’s 10 things you need to know:
1. Klopp kicked it off
Work officially started on the new stand on September 30, 2021, when manager Jurgen Klopp put the first spade into the ground.
2. When will it be ready?
With the new stand expected to take 24 months to complete and everything currently on target, it is expected to be ready in time for the 2023-24 season.
3. How many more seats will the expansion create?
Anfield Stadium will go from a capacity of 54,000 to 61,000, which means an additional 7,000 seats for supporters.
4. Top league
The increased seating will put Anfield in the top largest three stadia in the Premier League behind Old Trafford, which is 75,000, and Tottenham, which is 62,000.
5. Building a better club
The Anfield Road Stand expansion is the third major building project undertaken by LFC in recent years, following the rebuilding of the Main Stand just over six years ago, and the opening of the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby in November 2020.
6. Getting there
After more than 12 months of work, almost two-thirds of the main steel frame has been installed, and a third of the ground floor, level two concourse, and terracing in the upper end has been finished.
One was the most significant milestones in the build was reached in summer last year when a 300-tonne roof truss was lifted into place. It took 30 skilled engineers (more people than are in the LFC Premier League Squad) 12 hours to install the truss using two 600-tonne crawler cranes to lift it and bolt it into place.
8. Heavy metal
The towers, haunches and truss of the new Anfield Road Stand are connected by a total of 25,000 bolts and, when it is completed, 3,700 tonnes of steel will have been used.
9. Creating futures
Alongside the new stand build, 15 local schoolchildren were chosen as young construction ambassadors, and given a close look at the development and its progression month by month. The aim of the scheme, run by principal contractor Buckingham’s alongside the club’s Red Neighbours team, is to introduce young people to careers in the construction industry.
10. Honouring players, past and present
Hoardings around the new Anfield Road Stand have been decorated with attacking stars from today and LFC’s past.