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Redeveloped Anfield still hoping to host GAA & NFL matches

Liverpool's owners are hoping to attract GAA matches to Anfield following the stadium's proposed red...


Redeveloped Anfield still hopi...

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Redeveloped Anfield still hoping to host GAA & NFL matches


Liverpool's owners are hoping to attract GAA matches to Anfield following the stadium's proposed redevelopment. 

Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are looking to add a further 6,000 seats to the Anfield Road end, bringing the stadium's capacity to 61,000.

A consultation process on the further expansion of Anfield began as far back as November 2019.

In April 2020, Liverpool announced that their Anfield plans would be deferred for 12-months on account of the pandemic.

In a Liverpool city council document, it's stated, "The proposal seeks permanent permission for the use of the stadium for other team sports throughout the year".

"This would allow for other sporting events, such as Gaelic Games or American football, to take place, typically during breaks in the football calendar," it continues.

"The club has advised that this would be estimated to be only around 2 -3 times per year."

It says two close season periods would be required to complete the construction, "with a late summer/early autumn commencement enabling a 22 to 23 month construction period".

Early 2023 is the earliest target date for the project's completion.

Last year, Liverpool's chief operating officer Andy Hughes said, "The complex build programme for Anfield Road is an 18-month process and needs two clear summer closed season windows in order for it to be successful."

The GAA haven't been afraid to take their product abroad in recent years.

FSG's other prime real estate - Fenway Park - hosted the Fenway Classic in 2015, 2017 and 2018. It saw an amended version of hurling played on the famous Boston sod.

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