Everton have called Goodison Park home for 127 years, with the 39,572-seated stadium being among the most recognisable and historic venues in English football. As the first major football stadium built in England, according to the official Everton website, Goodison Park set a precedent for stadiums in the country. The club marked their first game on the ground with a win, beating Bolton 4-2 on 2 September 1892. This incredible relationship with the Goodison venue is set to come to an end, however, with the club progressing with plans to move.
As a part of the effort to regenerate North Liverpool, per The Guide Liverpool, Everton have established plans to build a brand new, state-of-the-art stadium on the Bramley-Moore docks. The Toffees also have detailed plans of leaving a community-friendly legacy at Goodison Park. Having successfully completed the first stage, Everton are preparing for the second, more revealing stage of their potential move.
Bramley-Moore docks stadium enters stage two
Above is an artists impression of how the new stadium may look like as revealed by the Sun Newspaper.
Towards the end of 2018, Everton officially passed the first stage of public consultation for their new build. Their initial planning application was delayed until later in 2019, allowing more time to facilitate the consultations for their intended 52,000- to 62,000-seater stadium in Bramley-Moore, according to The Guardian.
The football club is now preparing to embark on the second stage of public consultation which, according to the Liverpool Echo, will take place from 26 July to 25 August this year. Following the huge success of the first stage of public consultation, Everton’s plans are expected to pass with flying colours once again. Most importantly for eagerly awaiting fans, this second part of public consultation is set to stage the reveal of the stadium plans. The excitement surrounding the new Bramley-Moore docks stadium comes at an important time for the club on the pitch.
With a big rebuild taking place under manager Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands, the team is starting to take shape. If the much larger new stadium is to reach capacity throughout its inaugural season, the team will need to build on this season to be competing further up the table when the move occurs. As of 17 May, Betway have Everton at 14/1 to finish in the top four in the 2019/20 season, with Wolves at 12/1, Manchester United at 1/1, and Arsenal at 1/1, showing the size of the task ahead.
Goodison Park – Everton's Home Since 1892
Modern stadium and community development
Former deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine has been a huge advocate of Everton’s plans to move to the mostly abandoned Bramley-Moore docks, as shown by The People’s Project. Heseltine states that the move should bring about lasting change to North Liverpool, which the area desperately needs. An important factor in Everton’s move will be the redevelopment of Goodison Park into new community assets, leaving a legacy at the historic arena.
With very little information divulged regarding the makeup of the new stadium, apart from discredited leaks, fans will be hoping that the Bramley-Moore docks stadium will follow in the footsteps of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but likely not to the same £1-billion scale. Spurs’ new home infused modern technology into almost every aspect of the experience, from stadium-wide Wi-Fi to going cashless.
Given that the current capacity of Anfield is 54,074, the blue half of Liverpool would love it if their new stadium usurped Anfield with a larger capacity. With plans detailing a 52,000-seater that could rise to 62,000 seats, there’s a good chance that it won’t be long before Everton’s stadium boasts larger attendances than Liverpool’s does. On match day at either Goodison Park or Anfield, fans create an almighty atmosphere to make the Merseyside derby experience as powerful as the best rivalry matches across the world of football. With even more seats available at the Bramley-Moore docks stadium, Everton fans will have an even greater influence from kick-off.
According to Business Desk, this second public consultation stage will update fans on the planned legacy project that will overtake Goodison Park once the new stadium is built. It has also been stated that the club will unveil the latest designs for the Bramley-Moore docks build. These crucial, but early details will likely be revealed alongside the start of the second stage on 26 July.
It’s an exciting time to be an Everton fan or to be living in the North Liverpool area. Everton’s project is not only to build themselves a bigger and better stadium but also to cultivate and improve a part of the city that needs some care. While the second stage of public consultation takes place, the team will begin the new campaign, trying to make every home game memorable for fans who love Goodison Park.
If progress continues as planned then Everton could be moving into their new stadium in 2023.
Detailed architects drawings of the new stadium can be viewed on the EvertonAren'tWe website.