Everton FC’s Chief Executive, Robert Elstone, has revealed that the Premier League club has identified a potential site for a new 50,000-seat stadium in Liverpool.
A series of possibilities have been considered since an announcement last year that Everton would be working with Liverpool City Council to move forward with a project which would see the club leave its current home, the 40,221-capacity Goodison Park.
Speaking last week, Elstone said:
The stadium remains a big priority. We’re not ruling out any of the sites that we’ve identified and that the council has presented to us, but there is one site which is getting more attention and has been getting more attention for a number of months.
It has been worked on very carefully, diligently and in some detail by not only Everton, but by the council and by advisors, planners, architects, designers, cost consultants, regeneration experts and solicitors. So there’s a lot of work going into something that we’re very excited about.
Elstone said that the club is continuing to assess the financial risks involved with building a new stadium and the level of debt that it would likely have to take on should the project get the green light:
In summary, there’s a degree of optimism – perhaps some cautious optimism – but a degree of optimism. We wouldn’t be investing what we’re doing without thinking it had a chance of success, and there’s a commitment as always to share information with our fans as soon as we can.
Last week, Everton’s city rivals Liverpool unveiled plans to expand Anfield, a move which would increase capacity from 45,522 to 59,000.