Liverpool is planning on further increasing the capacity of Anfield and is discussing sponsorship of a new stand with prospective partners, according to the Daily Mail.
In 2016, the English Premier League football club increased the capacity of its Main Stand by 8,500, bringing Anfield’s total capacity to 54,000.
The Mail notes that Liverpool was granted permission to expand the Anfield Road Stand – the end opposite the famous Kop – when it applied for planning permission for the Main Stand.
According to the newspaper, the club has a deadline of September 2019 to submit plans to expand the Anfield Road Stand (right of picture), which would take the overall capacity past 60,000. The Mail said that the £12m (€13.8m/$16.9m) in extra revenue generated by the Main Stand extension has persuaded Liverpool to explore further expansion as early as this summer.
The expansion would add an extra tier to the Anfield Road Stand, bringing it in line with the Main Stand. A number of companies are interested in sponsoring the new stand, according the Mail.
Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore confirmed last year that the club was considering expanding the Anfield Road Stand, and it appears plans are already being put into motion.
None of Anfield’s four stands currently have a sponsor. Liverpool had previously sought a naming-rights partner for the Main Stand but the search was put on hold last year after no sponsor was found. The end opposite the Main Stand is named after club legend Kenny Dalglish.
The Mail said that the expansion of the Anfield Road Stand would be easier than the renovation of the Main Stand, which required the demolition of a number of nearby homes. The newspaper added that the stand could be expanded by 8,000 seats and not just 6,000.
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