Anfield Road end redevelopment expansion latest update progress and new capacity

Anfield Road end redevelopment expansion latest update progress and new capacity

With the new Premier League season now under way, Liverpool fans are eager to find out the reason behind empty seats on the Anfield Road end and the delayed stadium redevelopments, find out more details below about the expansion development and its capacity

Back in July 2021, Liverpool started their project to increase the stadium capacity at Anfield after earlier announcing the approval from local authorities.

Anfield Road end redevelopment expansion latest update progress and new capacity details

The Anfield Road end has its backs on to Stanley Park, and its redevelopment will see the stadium capacity increase to 61,000 seats.

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Anfield Road end redevelopment

With the project starting back in July 2021, works have been ongoing across the past two seasons. Major works have taken place mainly during international breaks and preseason campaigns. However, despite the completion date set for the end of August 2023, the building work has stopped as of now. Notably, the main construction firm behind it has cited financial administration issues for the delay.

Reason behind empty seats and delayed stadium redevelopment of the Anfield Road end

Initially, the final stages of the Anfield Road end redevelopment were set take place in the opening weeks of 2023/24. Moreover, builders needed an empty stand to in order to remove part of the stadium roof. Liverpool first requested the league to play their first three matches away from home. However, they only got to play their opening fixture away from home, which ended in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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Following the first game, the Reds played Bournemouth at home on August 19. During this match, the club closed the upper tier of the stand as safety inspectors only passed the lower tier as fit for its purpose. As such, this section of the stadium was left empty throughout the match. The reason behind the work delay comes after “The Buckingham Group” filed for administration due to cash-flow issues. Following the filing, the upgrade works stopped on August 17 as Liverpool and The Buckingham Group work towards a solution.

Liverpool have recently confirmed that they are working towards a deal to continued with a “phased opening” of the stand. However it remained partially closed for the recently concluded Aston Villa game on September 3.

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Premier League club stadium capacities 2023/24

If Liverpool manages to complete their new Anfield Road redevelopment project, they will rank fourth on the Premier League stadium capacity list. Given below is the full list of Premier League club stadiums and their seating capacities for the 2023/24 campaign:

Rank Team Stadium Capacity
1. Man United Old Trafford 74, 310
2. Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 62, 850
3. West Ham London Stadium 62, 500
4. Liverpool Anfield 61,000*
5. Arsenal Emirates Stadium 60, 704
6. Man City Etihad Stadium 53, 400
7. Newcastle St. James’ Park 52, 305
8. Aston Villa Villa Park 42, 657
9. Chelsea Stamford Bridge 40, 343
10. Everton Goodison Park 39, 414
11. Sheffield United Bramall Lane 32, 050
12. Brighton AMEX Stadium 31, 800
13. Wolves Molineux 31, 750
14. Nottingham Forest City Ground 30, 332
15. Fulham Craven Cottage 29, 600
16. Crystal Palace Selhurst Park 25, 486
17. Burnley Turf Moor 21, 944
18. Brentford Brentford Community Stadium 17, 250
19. Bournemouth Dean Court 11, 307
20. Luton Town Kenilworth Road 10, 356

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