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Liverpool’s Anfield expansion provides timeline clues for Leicester City’s King Power Stadium

Liverpool's Anfield expansion provides timeline clues for Leicester City's King Power StadiumLiverpool added 8,500 seats to their stadium five years ago, with the process from planning permission to opening taking just over two years, with little disruption to fixtures

Liverpool’s redevelopment of Anfield may provide clues over the details of Leicester City’s King Power Stadium expansion.

Five years ago, Liverpool added 8,500 seats to the Main Stand at their home ground to take the capacity to more than 53,000.

City announced on Wednesday that they intend to add a similar number of new seats, 8,000, to the East Stand at the King Power Stadium, increasing the ground to 40,000.

Public consultation starts next month, and once feedback has been received from local communities and businesses, they will press ahead with their plans.

The announcement has prompted questions from City fans as to the logistics of adding 8,000 seats while keeping the stadium operational, as well as how long it might be before the new redevelopment of the ground is complete.


Interestingly, Liverpool employed architects KSS Group to design their new Main Stand, the same company who helped City on their new £100m training ground at Seagrave.

Once Liverpool announced their intentions in 2014, planning permission was granted in the summer, and building work began in December of that year.

In order to keep Anfield open, the new stand and tier of seats was built behind the existing stand, allowing matches to continue to be played.

Then, during the off-season in 2016, building work moved inside the stadium to connect the existing and new stands together.

A completed Anfield then reopened in September 2016, the Reds starting with a 4-1 win over then reigning champions City.

In total, the build took 21 months from work starting to the stadium being reopened.

There was no disruption to Liverpool’s fixtures, aside from at the start of the 2016-17 campaign, when their opening home game against Burnley was moved to Turf Moor as building work had not quite been finished, meaning they began the campaign with three straight away games.

To get the stadium ready in 21 months required work around the clock as Anfield stadium project director Tom Doyle said.

“It’s been hectic, a rollercoaster ride of a project,” Doyle said just before the reopening.

“Once we received our planning permission in summer 2014, it all became very real very quickly. We appointed a contractor and have had to keep moving at pace ever since in order to get the stadium ready for action this season.

“I’m really proud of the 900 men and women who have spent the last couple of years on site working hard to get us to this point.

“They have done a brilliant job and I know that when the fans, who have watched the stadium take shape over the course of the last 48 home games, get settled into their new home this season, all of the site team’s efforts will have been worthwhile.”

 

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