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New Liverpool stadium to maintain 55,000 capacity

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LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL Club last week unveiled plans to build a £70M stadium, which will be no bigger than its current ground.

Plans for a 55,000 seater stadium were last week handed to Liverpool City Council.

The new site will be in Stanley Park, just 300m away from the Anfield ground whose player facilities are becoming outdated and whose main stand is nearing the end of its life.

Originally, a stadium of 70,000 was considered, but this extra 15,000 capacity would have doubled the cost of the project.

'By increasing capacity, there are many extra costs for infrastructure, traffic management, public transport improvements and an extra 5,000 car parking spaces - not to mention the higher general building costs, ' said Liverpool FC stadium manager Jed Pointon.

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry confirmed that there would be no immediate increase in capacity. By assuming no capacity increase, there is no obligation for Liverpool to improve supporting infrastructure.

This could avoid wrangles over local transport improvements, which have a history of hampering stadium developments, including the new national stadium at Wembley.

But Parry admitted that the design would have provision to increase capacity at a later date.

The initial planning process is expected to take 10 months before detailed design can go ahead. Liverpool is also developing an alternative scheme to redevelop the ageing main stand as a fall back option.

www. liverpoolfc. tv

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