Anfield was opened in 1884 with a capacity of about 20,000 , It was originally the home of Everton FC and had been taken up by Liverpool in 1892.
The current sitting capacity of Anfield is 45,500 which is little less to host major international fixtures and European finals. Moreover UEFA too demands a minimum 50,000 capacity stadium, corporate accommodation and a minimum standard for players and match officials’ changing rooms.
Due to that reasons Liverpool FC submitted Anfield’s expansion plan to Liverpool City Council’s planning committee. The plan majorly includes Main Stand expansion from one to three tiers, additional conference and banqueting facilities, a new club shop and more car parking. Club proposed to expand the Main Stand by 8,300 seats and the Anfield Road Stand by 4,800 which will make Anfield a 59,000 sitting capacity stadium.
As per latest news posted by Mirror, Liverpool got the permission to expand the capacity of Anfield. Liverpool City Council’s planning committee approved the club’s proposal to add extra 13,000 seats. Construction will begin next year and will be completed by the 2016-17 season.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson when asked about the plan he said, “This is a very important milestone in our ambitions to transform the Anfield area, bringing new jobs, investment and housing.Liverpool FC’s proposals for the stadium are a key part of this.”