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Liverpool Football Club's Anfield of Dreams

Anfield is one of the most famous stadiums in the world! The ground has been witness to a plethora of trophies over the years and holds a special place in the hearts of every Liverpool Football Club supporter. If the club were to have ever left the Anfield of Dreams, it would've been a sad day, not just for the countless supporters that have made it their home over the years, but for football itself!

The Main Stand is Phase 1 of the Anfield Expansion

That's why the expansion of the historic venue has received nothing but favourable views amongst the faithful fans. The first phase of the expansion is already underway, with the new Main Stand dominating the Anfield skyline. The giant 140 metre roof truss supporting the new Main Stand was fitted into place last July. It took two of the countries biggest cranes to install the 650 tonne roof truss. The 252 foot high cranes are each capable of lifting up to 1,200 tonnes and are only used on massive projects throughout the world, with Wembley Stadium and the London 2012 Olympic Park being two other major constructions they'd formally been deployed on.
The new expansion to the Main Stand will increase the current capacity to almost 54,000 and is expected to be finished later in the year. The busy cranes working on the Main Stand Anfield expansion The club is garnering some interest from commercial partners looking to associate themselves with the new stand. It's believed that one of the interested parties could win the naming rights for the new super structure, thankfully though, the name of the stadium is not, nor will ever be up for debate.
This is Anfield! It will always be so, even if the current owners or any future owners decide to ever go down that route, it will always be referred to as Anfield. The current owners have continually stressed that the name of the stadium will always be Anfield and that they are in no way interested in naming rights for the stadium itself.
The new stand however, well lets just hope it's a decent brand name that wins the bid. I'm sure the club and I'm certain the fans don't want any names that are considered to be a bit inapropriate, shall we say! The Pampers Stand springs to mind, not that there's anything wrong with that brand of course. It's just that the fans don't want to be the butt of anyone's jokes, excuse the pun!
The extra seats that phase one will bring to Anfield will be essential for the Reds to compete at the highest echelons of football.
Liverpool Football Club are losing vast amounts of money every season compared to other top English and European clubs.

The Expansion of Anfield is Essential for Progress!

In the 2014 to 2015 season alone, Liverpool took home £57.1 million in matchday revenue, huge in comparison to most clubs in Europe, but a paltry figure compared to that of Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea. With Arsenal leading the way with a whopping £100.4 million from ticket sales, while Man Utd raked in £86.7 million and Chelsea scooped £70.8 million.
Unfortunately for the likes of Liverpool, Everton and other clubs north of the Watford Gap, the North South Divide is a significant factor in matchday revenue. This ultimately hinders clubs in the north and plays right into the hands of the London elite, creating an unfair playing field in the English game. This is why Arsenal have taken in more matchday revenue than the Salford City based reds, even though Arsenal had sold less tickets over the course of the season.

The Top 20 Largest Football Stadiums in England and Wales

N/A The UK flag for Liverpool England Wembley Stadium 90,000 --- ---
1 The UK flag for Liverpool Man Utd Old Trafford 76,100 --- ---
2 The UK flag for Liverpool Arsenal Emirates Stadium 60,432 --- ---
3 The UK flag for Liverpool Man City Etihad Stadium 55,097 61,000 ?
4 The UK flag for Liverpool Newcastle Utd St James' Park 52,401 60,000 ?
5 The UK flag for Liverpool Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000 55,000 ?
6 The Liverpool FC flag for Liverpool Liverpool Anfield 45,362 54,000 2016
7 The UK flag for Liverpool Aston Villa Villa Park 42,785 --- ---
8 The UK flag for Liverpool Chelsea Stamford Bridge 41,623 60,000 ?
9 The Everton FC flag for Liverpool Everton Goodison Park 40,563 --- ---
10 The UK flag for Liverpool Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough Stadium 39,812 45,000 ?
11 The UK flag for Liverpool Leeds United Elland Road 37,900 --- ---
12 The UK flag for Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 36,274 61,000 2018
13 The UK flag for Liverpool West Ham Utd The Boleyn Ground 35,333 54,000 2016
15 The UK flag for Liverpool Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,100 --- ---
16 The UK flag for Liverpool Derby County Pride Park Stadium 33,597 44,000 ?
17 The UK flag for Liverpool Cardiff City Cardiff City Stadium 33,280 --- ---
18 The UK flag for Liverpool Sheffield United Bramall Lane 32,702 35,702 ?
19 The UK flag for Liverpool Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,689 --- ---
20 The UK flag for Liverpool Coventry City Ricoh Arena 32,500 --- ---

The Reds gap in matchday earnings will be alleviated even more once phase two of the Anfield expansion is complete. Although no official date has been set on the completion of the second phase of the operation, it is expected to be finished a few years later, further extending Anfield's capacity to around 59,000.

Redeveloping Anfield is the Right Decision!

Anfield has too much History to Leave it all Behind

Financial factors aside, redeveloping Anfield is the right decision. The grand old stadium has witnessed some of the best displays of football the world has ever seen, from the early title winning sides of the early 1900's to the dominant European winning sides of the seventies, eighties and the naughties. Many a Liverpool Legend has graced the pitch and the dugout down the years, outstanding players like Elisha Scott, Billy Liddell, Albert Stubbins, Roger Hunt, Ray Clemence, Ian Callaghan, Ron Yeats, Ian St.John, Tommy Smith, Emlyn Hughes, Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish, Phil Thompson, Phil Neal, Mark Lawrenson, Alan Hansen, Kevin Keegan, Ian Rush, John Aldridge, John Barnes, Robbie Fowler, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Luis Suárez. As well as English and European winning managers, such as Tom Watson, Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Gérard Houllier and Rafael Benitez.

A few of the countless Liverpool FC Legends that has graced Anfield over the years

State-of-the-Art Facilities!

Once the new stand is open it will hold 20,500 supporters, making it one of the highest capacity stands in the whole of Europe. The huge three tier stand will include all the latest state-of-the-art facilities inside, including a wider tunnel for the players, new team benches, a central seating area for the supporters, two new concourses, a new media platform, better wheelchair access, better viewing positions for disabled supporters and large social areas fitted with TV screens allowing matchday fans to enjoy content before the game.
All of which will be complete with beautifully crafted architecture, wall graphics and artwork showcasing the proud history of the club.

"This is Anfield" - The Field of Dreams!

Liverpool Football Club's iconic sign - This is Anfield This is Anfield! The Field of Dreams, Home of the Famous LFC, Rapturous Roar, Songs of Legends Gone By, Shankly's Statue, The Centenary Stand, Gary McCallister's Baldy Head, The Hillsborough Memorial, Historic Flags, 3 UEFA Cups, King Kenny say no more, Red All Over The Land, 3 European Super Cups, Ian's Blue Goal Rush, Home of the Reds, Gerrard's Derby Hatrick, The 2001 Quintuple, John Arne Riise's Thunderous Free Kick, 7 FA Cups, The 1984 Treble, Saurez's 3 Norwich Hatricks, 8 League Cups, Super Sub David Fairclough, The Anfield Road End, Justice for the 96, Fowler's Arsenal Hatrick, 15 Charity Shields, Player Banners, Carragher's Passion, Singing With Pride, Half Time Bovril, Terry McDermott's League Winning Header, Let Me Tell You The Story of a Poor Boy, 1 English Super Cup, Last Man Standing in the Kop, Kuyt's Demise of the Mancs, Memories of Famous European Nights, The 1977 League and European Double, Steven Gerrard's Olympiacos Cracker, Loyal Fans, Upper Anny, Garcia's Semi Final Goal, 18 League Titles, Home of the Famous Kop, The Shankly Gates, 5 European Cups, You'll Never Walk Alone, This is Anfield!

The conclusion.

The Anfield expansion is a huge shot in the arm for Liverpool Football Club. The extra revenue the club will gain from the additional seats, corporate boxes and hospitality offers will go a long way to catching other clubs that have seen their matchday takings surpass the Reds in recent years.
Of course it's not only about the extra money in the coffers that can go towards boosting the quality of the playing talent at the club. Anfield is without a doubt a special arena, one that is well known the world over for the passion it generates from the loyal fan base. The forty five thousand fans that pack Anfield create the atmosphere that helps to drive the team forward, while the away team cowers at the sight and sound of the home crowd. Adding to the number of home fans will only serve to magnify that affect.
The relatively dark period for the club may soon be coming to an end for the red side of the city. Increasing the stadium's capacity will kickstart that process, helping to put the club back where it belongs!