Premier League football club Everton has revealed plans for a major renovation project involving Goodison Park’s hospitality suites and events spaces.
Work on all nine hospitality lounges got underway after Everton’s final home game of the season against Burnley on Friday. A full transformation of the lounge appearances, as well as an audio-visual equipment update, will be finished ahead of the first home game of the 2019-20 season.
It is hoped the multi-million-pound investment will improve match-day facilities for members and showcase new concepts Everton could look to transfer to its proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Everton’s head of hospitality and sales Oliver Wright said the project will bring Goodison Park’s hospitality “up to a level which reflects the aspirations of the club”.
The People’s Club and The Captains’ Table lounges will be given a ‘sports bar’ feel with industrial textures, modern loose furniture, better-positioned big screens and club graphics.
The Joe Mercer Lounge will be refurbished in a similar way, with contemporary warehouse décor, new timber flooring and loose furniture. The 85’ Lounge and The 1878 Brasserie have been redesigned to maximise their available space.
The Alex Young Suite will benefit from a new décor of muted and neutral tones and enhanced mood lighting, along with new graphics and memorabilia. The Brian Labone Lounge will be modernised with new furniture, audio-visual screens and enhanced lighting.
The Dixie Dean Suite will seek to provide the “ultimate” match-day experience, with its exclusive, fine-dining lounge to receive plush leather furniture, pendant lighting and a newly-positioned bar. Finally, the Sponsor’s Lounge will receive a futuristic makeover with new furniture and audio-visual equipment, along with a new entrance to improve match-day access.
Wright added: “The exciting new concepts we have created are uniquely Everton and will be a test bed for themes as well as an opportunity to expand the appeal of our hospitality experiences in the future.”
Everton has worked with architectural firm 2M2 Studio on the designs of all nine hospitality lounges at Goodison Park.