Liverpool FC announced yesterday on its official website that construction works on the expansion of the Anfield Road stand would be delayed by at least one year due to the impact of coronavirus.
The club stated that the project is on hold due to delays relating to the UK’s lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic and, with it being a “complex build” for which construction can only occur in off-season periods, the project consequently faces a minimum 12-month delay. The projected earliest target for completion of the works has now been pushed back to summer 2023. [via liverpoolfc.com]
Liverpool have delayed by at least 12-months plans to rebuild Anfield Road stand, which would add 7,000 seats and take overall capacity of ground to 61,000, due to the impact of the coronavirus.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) April 27, 2020
As noted on Twitter by The Times’ northern football correspondent Paul Joyce (@_pauljoyce), the rebuilt Anfield Road stand will accommodate an extra 7,000 fans, taking the stadium’s overall capacity to 61,000.
Andy Hughes, Liverpool FC’s chief operating officer, told the club’s website that a decision was made to pause the Anfield Road expansion owing to “a number of delays” resulting directly from the COVID-19 lockdown, citing the “challenges” faced by the construction industry at this time.
These Liverpool fans on Twitter were philosophical about the delays to the construction project given the current circumstances, with one Kopite believing it is a “good decision” and another calling it a “wise move” by the club’s owners FSG:
Makes perfect sense… And a good decision until finances are sorted
— Phil Latham (@lathamphil1) April 27, 2020
Makes sense. We are in safe hands!
— Martin Deady (@MDeady3) April 27, 2020
Shame, but makes sense ??
— Stephen Hawke (@SteveHawke) April 27, 2020
Fair enough that. Makes sense.
— Zico (@BrazilianZico) April 27, 2020
Senseble, we’re a club thats run right and lives with-in its means. Can’t be splashing cash on extra seats in this uncertain climate. when we are also signing mbappe, havertz and werner this summer.
— mark hanna (@Golly_Whiz) April 27, 2020
common sense , across the world all need a reset after this pandemic
— YNWA @ StayHome (@LpoolFc_Sg) April 27, 2020
Fiscally responsible thing to do.
— Allan F Cole ?????? (@AllanFCole1) April 27, 2020
Wise move by FSG !
— Steve Jakes (@pommyinoz) April 28, 2020
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