On Friday, Liverpool released a statement regarding the Anfield Road expansion, with the phased opening of the upper tier now set to take place much sooner than previously anticipated.
Following the collapse of the Buckingham Group earlier in the year, the future of the Anfield Road project had been doubt, with the club suggesting that further time was needed to assess the state of the build. Many assumed, including those close to the project, that the expansion would not be completed for many months, with a full opening not expected before the end of the current season.
However, the statement released last weekend casts a much more positive light on the situation, with a phased opening now set to take place from December 17th 2023 - if safety checks and tests are completed.
More fans for Man Utd match
Under the new timescale envisaged by the club, a partial opening of the Anfield Road Upper Stand will take place on 17th December, as Liverpool take on arch rivals Manchester United. It is hoped that several thousand fans will be able to use the upper tier - well below its full capacity - but a big step towards the eventual completion of the project.
In order for this to take place, an 'Internal Emergency Conditions Test' must take place. This will be conducted by Liverpool FC and Liverpool City Council. Once completed, a public test event must also take place. It is hoped both these events will take place week commencing 11th December.
Following both these tests, LFC will be granted a license for the partial opening, and Anfield's Capacity will be increased to roughly 57,000. This is still short of the 61,00o capacity once the project is complete.
Assuming all goes well, the increased capacity will also be available for home games against West Ham United, Arsenal and Newcastle United.
Liverpool FC will be looking for volunteers to help in the public test event, and more details will be available on the official Liverpool FC website in the near future.
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