The path is cleared for Everton’s new stadium to replace Goodison Park potentially as early as 2024.
English football clubs are constantly weighing tradition versus economics, the past versus the future. For clubs like Everton, this often comes down to where you play your games. Do you preserve the history in your current ground or build a bigger new stadium to increase revenues?
Some clubs, like Liverpool at Anfield, don’t have to choose because they can expand where they are. But Goodison Park, Everton’s home since 1892, can’t be expanded, because it’s hemmed in by housing. So Everton have settled on a plan to build a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront.
Estimated to cost £500 million (currently about $690 million) and expected to seat around 52,000, the new Everton stadium is currently referred to as the Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium. It’s located on a historic dock in Liverpool’s waterfront and would be part of a £5.5 billion ($7.6 billion) redevelopment of the area.
As the BBC says in their story on the news, the club “could be in the new stadium by 2024.”
For people who want to see English soccer games in person, this news means that going to see an Everton game at Goodison Park should be at the top of your groundhopping “bucket list.” There is simply no place like it, especially in the Premier League. Even if you’re in town to see a game at Liverpool, you should definitely walk across Stanley Park and tour Goodison Park while you still can.