Everton have released new designs for their new 52,000-seater stadium in the Bramley-Moore Dock.
The new stadium is set to be completed in between 2023 and 2024, with its construction planned to begin in early next year. It will take Everton from their home near Stanley Park to the heart of the Port of Liverpool.
The club have announced that the stadium will now have a river-facing plaza, meaning supporters can sit enjoy riverbank views before and after matches, while the planned height of the stadium has been lowered due to planning concerns – but the capacity of the ground has not been altered.
In an open letter to the supporters, stadium development director Colin Chong said: ‘Perhaps now, more than ever, our proposed stadium is a fundamental part of this region’s growth plan and will be a key driver for much-needed economic development in North Liverpool and beyond.
‘Subject to planning approval and finalising our funding packages, it is most likely that work could commence on-site early in 2021.
‘As there are currently so many factors over which we do not have direct control, it would be unwise to commit to a specific date when our build will commence – or when we are likely to be playing in the new stadium.
‘However, we have every confidence in our project plan and the team we have assembled to deliver it.
‘Everyone at the Club is entirely committed to getting us into a new home at Bramley-Moore Dock as soon as we possibly can.’
Near the new stepped plaza at the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium will be a covered fan area where supporters will be able to stand underneath if there is bad weather.
The plaza replaces the idea of a multi-storey car park, with Everton looking to free up more space for supporters on a matchday.
Meanwhile, solar panels will now be moved onto the stadium roof, rather than outside the West Stand to create more space for fans.
The Toffees are looking to move away from Goodison Park, which has been their home since 1892.
Everton’s home at the moment has seen more top-flight matches than any other current stadium in the UK.