English Premier League football club Everton could play in front of crowds of up to 60,000 at its new stadium, according to design plans seen by the Daily Mail newspaper.
Initial reports suggested that the new facility will have a capacity of 50,000 and cost approximately £300m (€339.4m/$386.8m), but an official document from stadium designer Buro Happold Engineering that appeared on an Everton fans forum reveals more ambitious plans.
The leaked document includes the design of the stadium, as well as a fan zone plaza that will be based on one side of the venue.
Should the plans proceed as suggested, Everton’s stadium would have a capacity that matches the London Stadium, home of Premier League rival West Ham United, as well Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground that is currently under construction.
Everton has already acquired land at Bramley Moore Dock for the project and is hopefully of securing planning permission for the project by next year.
Last week, the club also secured a financing agreement for the new stadium. The deal, brokered with ICBC (London) plc and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, will provide Everton with a £60m three-year credit facility.
Everton said the agreement will help it manage working capital requirements and also allow the club to borrow additional funds at a lower cost.
The financial partnership, which has also been approved by the Premier League, represents ICBC London’s first deal with a club in the English top flight.