Anfield Road completion delayed until 2024

Anfield Road completion delayed until 2024

Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan has provided an update on the completion of the Anfield Road Stand Development

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Ongoing delays mean the top tier of the Anfield Road Stand will now not open until 2024, with Liverpool losing £millions in ticket sales.

Liverpool's Chief Operating Officer, Billy Hogan, has given an in-depth interview with the official Liverpool website, providing an update on the development of the Anfield Road Stand.

In the interveiw, Hogan has sadly confirmed what many people had been expecting - that the completion of the new stand has been delayed, with more time and work needed than originally thought.

The key points from the interview are as follows :

  • Once Liverpool were aware that the original main contractor (Buckingham Group) were going in administration, the club moved quickly to find a new contractor (Rayner Rowan) and begin the process of liaising with existing sub-contractors to secure their services moving forward.
  • Once Buckingham Group went into adminstration on 4th September, Liverpool officially appointed Rayner Rowan as the new pricnciple contractor.
  • On 5th September, work re-commenced on the new stand, with a full review of the development to date, covering all areas of the building work.
  • That review is still ongoing - with more time and work needed than first anticipated.
  • Due to the extra time needed to complete the review, the upper tier of the Anfield Road Stand will remain closed for the remainder of 2024.
  • No new timeline has been agreed for the final completion of the stand.  Hogan advised that this was to prevent further delays or disappointment to fans moving forward.
  • Once the review has been completed, a new, full timeline will be released.
  • Fans who have already bought tickets for the upper tier for matches between now and the end of 2024, will be contacted directly by the club and offered refunds or alternative tickets (where possible).

Obviously this news is disappointing for both the club and its fans.  However, with a project of this magnitude, delays are always possible, and having your main building contractor go bankrupt is not going to help matters.  I think it's right that the club does not put any new timeline in place, until all the necessary information has been gathered, and a realistic target can be set.

Sadly, the closure of the top tier will have a negative impact on the clubs finances, with one expect speculating that the closure is costing Liverpool approx £650,000 per match, in lost ticket sales.

Anfield Road completion delayed until 2024

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Peter Farrell

Lifelong fan with a passion for all things Liverpool. First memory of football is watching John Barnes score a dramatic last minute equaliser in the FA Cup when he was 4. Feels lucky to be a part of the 'Klopp' era.

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