Everton FC will have a new stadium. The Liverpool city council unanimously approved the project for the plant to be built in the Vauxhall district, more precisely near the Bramley-Moore Dock, directly on the River Mersey. The club’s CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, together with Coling Chong (stadium development director) presented their plans for the new stadium and for Goodison Park to the board members in a three-hour meeting, in which they obtained approval for the green light for the creation of the new home of the Toffees. The capacity will be 52,888 seats and the goal is to make the plant usable starting from 2024.
The cost for the construction of the new Stadium is estimated at 500 million pounds, equal to approximately 580 million euros. The work should lead to the creation of 15,000 jobs, obviously subordinated to the definitive go-ahead from the government. Already in March 2017, Everton and the holding Peel Group had reached an agreement for the acquisition of the area, with the “blessing” of the local Liverpool administration. The agreement provides for a lease contract for 200 years. In December 2019, the project was presented by the club which, a little over a year later, got the green light. In 2003 and 2009, Everton was forced to abandon their plans to create a new facility in other areas of the city.
“While today’s is just one more step on a long journey, it is very important,” said Everton president Bill Kenwright. The project, however, made UNESCO turn up its nose. The chosen area is among those considered at risk, given that for decades the possibility of building in that area has been discussed, an integral part of the maritime merchant city, declared a World Heritage Site by the same organization. An honor that could even be revoked.