Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan has confirmed that the new upper tier of the Anfield Road Stand will not be ready to open until 2024.
Hogan provided fans with an update on the expansion project after the English Premier League football club last month appointed Rayner Rowen Construction to deliver the final stages of building work.
The appointment was announced after Buckingham Group Contracting, the developer responsible for leading the redevelopment of Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, collapsed into administration.
“Over the course of the last few days it has become clear that in order to complete a thorough assessment of that project completion timeline, it’s going to take longer than really we first thought,” Hogan said.
“Ultimately, what that means for supporters is that until we have visibility of all the information needed, we’re going to have to maintain the status quo for the remainder of the calendar year, essentially meaning capacity at Anfield will remain the same as for the previous home games that we’ve seen this season… [with]… the lower tier of the stand remaining open and the upper tier remaining closed until the end of the calendar year.”
Hogan added that Rayner Rowen “really needs the time to complete the information gathering before we commit to any new project timeline” in the new year.
He also confirmed that fans who had bought tickets for seats in the upper tier for games before the end of the year – including the Merseyside derby against Everton – would be contacted by the club next week. “I realise this is of little solace, frankly, but those supporters who have purchased these cancelled tickets will not lose their credit for that purchase,” he added.
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