Anfield $164m expansion approved; Liverpool’s home to near 59,000 cap

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Three tiers, 59,000 seats and $164 million in expansion will bring Liverpool’s hallowed Anfield ground into the next level of European venues.

As it currently stands, Anfield is below regulations in a number of areas for UEFA play (which mandates 50,000 minimum capacity). This renovation will fix that, as well as update a load of other problems with the venue.

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Anfield has been Liverpool’s home since 1892, and the new construction¬†is slated to finish in time for the start of the 2016/17 season.

From the BBC:

The planning application states the redevelopment would allow the club to host major international and European games.

It said there are parts of the stadium which “fall below current Uefa and Premier League standards which restrict the club[‘s] ability” to host major games.

Uefa standards include a minimum 50,000 capacity stadium, corporate accommodation and a minimum standard for the changing rooms for players and match officials, which Anfield does not meet.

The stadium’s food and toilet facilities, disability facilities, pitch side accommodation and doctor, physiotherapy and drug testing rooms are also below standard.

Not the drug-testing room. Anything but that!