Owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have ditched designs by
Dallas-based architects HKS, commissioned by former co-owner Tom
Hicks, in favour of the earlier proposals of Manchester company
AFL, which were granted planning permission in 2004.
However, it is believed the decision does not mean FSG have
totally abandoned hopes of staying at Anfield.
But the futuristic HKS stadium plans, with an estimated cost of
£400million – £100million more than those proposed by AFL
– have now been consigned to the waste bin.
As nearly nine years have passed since AFL drew up their plans
there is some scope for modification, but building a new
60,000-seater stadium in Stanley Park is dependent on the club
securing naming rights.
Liverpool have been carrying out a year-long worldwide search to
assess the viability of finding sponsorship that will bring in
Managing director Ian Ayre has admitted previously that building
a new stadium with a capacity only 15,000 more than Anfield makes
no financial sense without huge external investment.
And although FSG have decided on how the new stadium should
look, they have not committed to it being the definitive
Very soon after FSG took over in October 2010 they began looking
at how Anfield could be redeveloped. It is not an easy option as
the ground in a residential area, which would require the purchase
of numerous properties as well as complicated planning consent.
However, the idea has not been ruled out entirely and sources
say both options are still being looked at and the situation is
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