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New Everton stadium to play “key part” in city’s 2022 Commonwealth bid

The new stadium that is set to be built for English Premier League football club Everton at Bramley Moore Dock would be a “key part” of Liverpool’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, according to the Mayor of the city, Joe Anderson.

Liverpool is pressing ahead to bid for the multi-sport event after the hosting rights were withdrawn from Durban in South Africa, and last week Everton struck a deal to purchase the land at Bramley Moore Dock for its new £300m (€350m/$380m) home.

Anderson said that talks about using the 50,000-capacity stadium would happen “in due course.” The dock was announced as Everton’s preferred destination for the new facility in January, although the club was also considering Stonebridge Cross as a possible site.

The dock, which is about two miles from both Everton’s current home, Goodison Park, was the venue for Liverpool’s Sound City music festival in 2015 and 2016.

A planning application for the stadium is expected to be submitted by the end of 2017.

According to the BBC, a council spokesman said that the new ground would serve as the centrepiece of the Commonwealth Games, but further details were not available as “at the moment, we are just discussing the deal”.