Liverpool FC have confirmed plans to make further improvements to Anfield’s provision for disabled supporters ahead of the 2017-18 season.
The work will mean that the club will, however, lose 1,000 seats in the ground.
The majority of the construction work is planned to be carried out during the 12-week close season in the summer and is expected to be completed by the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
There will be significant redevelopment work at Anfield starting at the end of the 2016-17 season to create:
- Over 250 wheelchair positions to be available for disabled supporters;
- Improved viewing positions for visiting disabled supporters;
- New raised disabled bays in the Centenary Stand for home disabled supporters.
The redevelopment work will increase the number of wheelchair bays from 195 to over 250 positions, and add over 150 extra amenity and easy access seats around Anfield Stadium.
The works include substantial improvements for away disabled supporters, who for the first time will be seated in the away section.
The structural improvements will also include creating new lift shafts, removing structural walls, recasting ramps to more accessible gradients and converting lounge space into raised disabled seating areas.
As a result of these plans, 1,000 general admission seats will be displaced, and the club said it is committed to mitigating the seat loss as well as working with those season ticket holders who are impacted to find an alternative seat.
Andrew Parkinson, operations director at LFC, 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.
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 licencing and planning teams to ratify the proposals.
Making these further developments this summer will see Anfield Stadium achieving the required number of wheelchair positions as stated in the Accessible Stadia Guide.