No, that’s not a new museum of modern art, that’s the ‘New Anfield’. There in all it’s splendor, via the Official Site, is a rendering of what would be the new Stanley Park stadium.
The club has submitted the plans for the new grounds to the Liverpool City Council, and in their infinite wisdom (because they wouldn’t be able to keep them under wraps anymore), “unveiled” images of our (proposed) new home.
(Where’s the 3-D 360° computer-guided tour?)
A view of the enlarged Kop:
While you’re most likely familiar with the details surrounding the structure, here are the highlights:
Scheduled to open in 2010
Reported costs of £300 million
Seats 60,000 with a capacity to be expanded to (roughly) 78,000
The Kop grows from 12,000 seats to 18,000, as large as it was in the 1960’s
Transportation infrastructure will have to change to accomodate the increased capacity, therefore updating the railway and reopening an old line (Bootle Branch)
(from the Official Site) “The North and East facades take a convex form respectively overlooking Priory Road and Utting Avenue across gardens which will be developed in the tradition of Stanley Park.”
“The South facade will be of completely different form, taking on a more formal appearance appropriate to its civic function at the northern edge to the new Anfield Plaza development which will replace the current ground.”
“The stadium will have a stone work base on the North, West and East sides with mainly glass facades above. The South side will be clad in metal and overlook the Plaza. One striking feature will see the South East and South West corners of the stadium visually open, providing views from the park deep into its heart.”
The grass around the perimeter of the stadium will be genetically altered to be red instead of green, as shown in these computer images*
(*not actually true)
You can read reaction from Rafa, Stevie G, Carra and Xabi, but let me give you the gist of it:
It’s a new/different/non-bowl shaped design which is beautiful and modern, and our loyal fans will love it and enjoy making a lot of noise in it. Also, we will love playing in it.
I approve of the overall design, but then again, I’m no Howard Roark. I’m not crazy about the huge, rounded metal curves on the South side as it reminds me of the refurbished Soldier Stadium/spaceship in Chicago. Yet, conversely, I’m quite drawn to the glass front which allows for an ‘open’ view into the stadium. Expanding the Kop is a nice touch, if not a brilliant public relations move.
Then again, it’s a stadium, you know? I’m on board with increasing the capacity, therefore allowing more fans to enjoy the team in person, enhancing the atmosphere and increasing the club’s revenue streams. I’m sure there will be fantastic amenities for the players and coaches, fans and press. I’m all for it. Obviously, it should be spectacular and everybody (well, a lot of people) would rather play in posh surroundings rather than a shithole.
But, after it’s all said and done, it’s a building in which we play our game. I’m happy to see the images (and see more down the line), give it a thumbs up to Gillett and Hicks, hope everything goes well, but I’m ready for more important matters.
Like mounting a title challenge this season.
(And speaking of new designs… You can help redesign the front page of RAWK)