Liverpool FC announce major redevelopment at Anfield
1 February 2017
Liverpool FC have become the latest North West club to take a big step towards improving their stadium’s provision for disabled supporters.
Following on from similar plans announced by regional rivals Everton and Manchester United, Liverpool have confirmed that ‘significant’ redevelopment work will be taking place at Anfield at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
The changes will include increasing the number of wheelchair positions from 195 to 250, creating improved viewing positions for visiting disabled fans and installing raised Centenary Stand bays for disabled Reds supporters.
The project will also add more than 150 extra-amenity and easy-access seats around the stadium.An estimated 1,000 general admission seats will be affected by the scheme, which will be completed in time for next season.
Liverpool plan to work closely with the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association (LDSA) and official Supporters’ Committee in delivering the changes.
LFC operations director Andrew Parkinson said: “As a football club, we have a long-standing commitment to supporting our disabled fans and making changes to the stadium to improve their matchday experience.
“Over the past five years, we have made an incredible amount of progress by working with our disabled fans to listen and understand the areas that need improvements that are important to them.“
He continued: “The LDSA and Supporters’ Committee are fully supportive of our planned approach and the progress that’s been made recently. This latest redevelopment work means further significant construction is planned at Anfield this year and we are working with the city’s licensing and planning teams to ratify the proposals.“
Speaking further, Andrew said that as the changes will affect some season ticket holders in general admission seats, the club will work with them to find alternative seating.