Liverpool To Go Ahead With Redevelopment Of Anfield, Raise Capacity To 60,000
Liverpool Managing Dir Ian Ayre expects that "the next step in the redevelopment of Anfield will be completed this summer," according to Carl Markham of PA. The club has been "working to buy up properties in the streets of bordering the stadium." Until the club has "acquired all the relevant houses no planning application to extend the Main Stand and Anfield Road can be submitted," but Ayre expects the first part of the equation to be completed in the next few months. He said, "Real progress has been made in acquiring them. Once they have all been acquired we will go through the planning process. We would expect to be in a position to make that a certainty this summer." An expanded stadium of 60,000 "will boost matchday revenue" and allow the Reds to close some of the financial ground on their rivals (PA, 6/7).