Following the first successful season of operating the new Main Stand, Liverpool FC is researching expansion of the Anfield Road Stand. The club was granted planning permission to add 4,800 seats in September 2014. The club is building a new retail store to open for next season.
Andy Hughes, Liverpool’s chief operating officer said:
It’s important that we continue to invest across the club and develop our infrastructure and facilities. The Anfield Road Stand also provides opportunities to further develop our stadium in the future.
We always said that we would complete the Main Stand and assess its success before looking at any development for Anfield Road.
Our outline planning consent expires in August 2019 and we will follow the same robust process for Anfield Road as we did for the Main Stand.
We are currently working up design, feasibility, cost, capacity and economic viability options. Only once we have completed this comprehensive process and come to a conclusion will it be the right time to move forward with any development programme.
Spurs’ new stadium capacity increase
Spurs has received permission to increase its new stadium official capacity to a total of 61,559, now the biggest in London. A club statement explained:
Improved seating layout design has meant that we have been able to increase seating in several areas of the stadium.
The biggest gain will be in the single-tier South stand, which will now be able to accommodate 17,500 spectators, an increase of 500.
Meanwhile, the FA confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur will play all their home matches at Wembley Stadium connected by EE next season.
Wembley hosted Spurs’ European games during the 2016-17 season while the capacity of White Hart Lane was reduced.
As work on the club’s new stadium continues the relationship has been extended to include all league and cup games as well as European matches.
AMEX Stadium project team to have busy summer
Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium will undergo £5m of upgrades this summer to be ready to host Premier League football next August.
Included in the long list of works is replacing the existing floodlights with a new LED system; a new additional TV gantry will be installed and an additional TV studio and hospitality area added in the south-east corner.
The media facilities will be improved to provide six interview areas for UK and global broadcasters, while the post-match press conference area will be upgraded.
A new matchday restaurant will be added in the East Stand, and the players and managers will be rewarded with upgraded lounges for their families and guests.
Albion executive director Martin Perry, who celebrated his 20th anniversary with the club this week, has a busy summer ahead overseeing the improvements.
Perry told seagulls.co.uk,
While Chris Hughton, Tony Bloom, Paul Winstanley and Paul Barber have a busy summer ahead in terms of player recruitment – the project team have a huge amount of work to undertake to ensure the stadium is ready for Premier League football next August.
It’s something we’ve been planning for a long time, and the plans have evolved in the past four or five years, as each year the requirements change, but we are thrilled that thanks to Chris and the players’ achievements we can finally put the plans into action.
It’s also yet another huge financial outlay, and on behalf of all Albion fans I would like to add my thanks to Tony – without him none of this would have been possible. I’m absolutely delighted for him and his family, as this means so much to them.