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Gaelic Games on the cards at Anfield as part of Liverpool plan?


Gaelic Games could be played at Anfield as part of plans by Liverpool football club to redevelop the Anfield Road end of the stadium.

The Merseyside club have announced that they are looking to increase the capacity of the famous ground to 61,000 by redeveloping the Anfield Road stand.

The proposals would see the Anfield Road end stand see an increase of 7,000 seats.

The construction would cost an estimated £60 million.

Liverpool are to consult with the local community, businesses, supporters and relevant stakeholders before pressing ahead.

The club are going to explore the opportunity for permanent permission to hold concerts and other major events at Anfield, including Gaelic Games and American Football outside of the regular season calendar.

Andy Hughes, LFC’s chief operating officer, said in a statement on the club's website

“For any expansion to the Anfield Road Stand to go ahead we need certainty on three key areas. Firstly, that we are able to reach agreement with local residents, businesses and community groups that they will allow the expansion plan to take place, which will mean closing a short section of Anfield Road between 96 Avenue and Skerries Road.

“Secondly, that we have the right sustainable financial and economic model in place to deliver a long-term sustainable Anfield. And lastly, that we are able to successfully navigate the complex planning landscape. We need to be satisfied on all three points for work to proceed.

“We are working towards creating an expanded Anfield Road Stand which will see around 7,000 additional seats. The majority of these seats will be for general admission use and we expect some seats will be allocated for a sports bar/lounge-type hospitality in order to ensure the economic viability of the expansion. Further profiling is needed and we expect to provide more detail at the second-stage consultation early next year.

“These first-stage consultation sessions we are holding are crucial as they will be used to inform the design proposals we are developing, which in turn will help us to make a decision on whether to proceed with the expansion as a whole.”

 



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