It has been more than 9 years since plans to build a new stadium at Stanley Park Stadium to replace the limited seating capacity at Anfield were initiated in May 2002. However, a final decision is yet to be made due to a number of reasons, including lack of funding by Moores, economic crises in 2008 (yeah H&G, like we all believed that lie) and FSG’s preference for remaining at and redeveloping Anfield due to its history and economical benefits.
However, redeveloping Anfield appears to be heading to a dead end. Ian Ayre, Liverpool Club’s managing director stated in July 2011:
“However, with land/property acquisition, environmental and statutory issues creating barriers to our ambition, it looks increasingly unlikely there is any way we can move forward on a refurbishment of Anfield unless there are significant changes in those areas”
Liverpool’s city council leader Joe Anderson later clarified the land/property acquisition, environmental and statutory issues as blockage of daylight to nearby homes due to extra height of extended stands and legal issues regarding compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the houses! I wonder if a petition has already been raised to T?whirim?tea, god of weather, regarding increase of daylight for the city during the winter period.
This ultimately means that John Henry & co. need to redevelop Anfield without increasing the height or parameter of the stadium. Mission impossible? Well below are some of the innovative ideas that could be considered (brainstormed ideas rather than thoroughly prepared plans).
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