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SBD Global/October 15, 2012/Facilities
Liverpool City Council Set To Give Green Light On Anfield Renovation
Published October 15, 2012
MAKE IT HAPPEN: In London, Tony Barrett reported Fenway Sports Group believes the capacity of Liverpool’s spiritual home "can be increased from 45,000 to 60,000 by undertaking a phased redevelopment of the Main Stand and Anfield Road Stand at a cost of around £150 million." FSG had complained that the council has "been unwilling to facilitate its vision, but such claims can no longer be made and the dynamic has shifted" to the point that it is now up to "Liverpool’s owner to turn its Anfield blueprint into a reality." The biggest obstacle involves "convincing local residents to sell their homes." Club officials have closed deals with some householders in the area behind the main stands, but others are refusing to sell, "a problem that could be resolved if the council decides to apply for compulsory purchase orders" (LONDON TIMES, 10/15).