Defending European Champions Liverpool are planning to expand the seating capacity of their stadium - Anfield. According to reports in England, club owners Fenway Sports Group are planning to carry out the expansion of the stadium to accommodate at least 61,000 fans by the end of 2020. Anfield has been under expansion mode earlier as well.
FSG had earlier carried out the expansion of the stadium when they undertook the construction of a £110 million worth main stand. This had increased the stadium's capacity to 54,000 in 2016. However, this number failed to meet the demands of the growing spectators.
FSG have clarified that the Anfield Road would not be closed during the expansion stage of the Anfield Road Stand. There were earlier proposals of blocking the road to ensure space for the activity.
Anfield’s seating capacity is less than that of other stadiums in the world. In terms of stadium size, Liverpool does not even make it to the top five list of the Premier League. Manchester United’s Old Trafford, Manchester City’s Etihad, Arsenal’s Emirates and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have a much larger holding capacity.
Barcelona’s Camp Nou is the largest football stadium in the world with a seating capacity of 99,354. Camp Nou is followed by Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion which has a capacity of 81,265. However, due to safety issues, only 65,829 people are accommodated. Real Madrid’s home stadium Santiago Bernabeu has a capacity of 81,044, while the San Siro boasts off a capacity of 80,018.
The second-stage public consultation of the proposed Anfield Road expansion has begun today.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 12, 2020
Local residents, representatives, businesses and supporters have been invited to review the club’s updated plans, which have been reshaped based on the feedback received.
The renovation work at Anfield would mean that it would enter the list of 20-biggest stadiums in Europe. Considering Liverpool’s on-field exploits and success in recent seasons, a demand for a larger stadium is justified.
The Reds are on course to win their first-ever Premier League title since the inception of the competition. They have a 22-point lead over second-placed Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s side will next play against Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.