Club: Liverpool FC | Opening: 1884 | Capacity: 45,522 seats
History and description
Anfield opened in 1884, but got initially rented by Everton FC. The first game at the ground, on the 28th of September 1884, saw Everton beat Earlstown 5-0.
In 1891, Everton moved out of Anfield after a dispute over the rent, and one year later Liverpool started renting the ground. Their first match at Anfield was a 7-1 win over Rotherham.
Anfield underwent several developments in the late 19th and early 20th century, among which the construction of a new main stand designed by Archibal Leitch in 1895 and construction of the famous Spion Kop in 1906.
The ground remained more or less the same for the next two decades until the Kop got expanded in 1928. After the works, the Kop could hold about 30,000 fans.
Anfield set its record attendances in 1958 when 61,905 people attended a match between Liverpool and the Wolves.
The stadium was further rebuilt between 1963 and 1973. In this latter year the old Main Stand got demolished and replaced with a new one.
Anfield did not host any matches during the 1966 World Cup, which were instead played at neighbouring Goodison Park.
In the 1980s, a start was made into converting the stadium into an all-seater, and in 1982 the famous Shankly Gates were erected.
The last significant changes to the stadium were made in the 1990s, first with the rebuilding of the two-tiered Centenary Stand, then with the conversion of the Kop into an all-seater stand, and finally in 1998 with the construction of a second tier on the Anfield Road Stand.
Anfield was one of the playing venues of the Euro 1996 tournament, during which it hosted three group matches and the quarter-final between France and the Netherlands (0-0).
Liverpool has for years considered moving away from Anfield to a larger and more modern stadium. The club has already received planning permission for a new 60,000-seater stadium at nearby Stanley Park, but has thus far not been able to find sufficient funding.
At the moment it seems that Liverpool’s new ownership favour a longer stay at Anfield instead. They are currently investigating the possibilities of redeveloping Anfield, which would likely include the reconstruction of the Main Stand.
(photos of the present Anfield below)
Anfield is located about 2 miles north of Liverpool city centre in the middle of the Anfield area. Just half a mile away, separated by Stanley Park, lies Goodison Park, home of Liverpool rivals Everton.
If coming from the M57 north, exit at junction 4 toward Liverpool/A580. Follow the A580 toward the city for almost 4 miles, and, after having passed Walton Hall Park on your right, turn left onto Queens Drive (A5058). After half a mile turn right at the traffic lights onto Utting Avenue. Continue until you see the ground on your right.
Coming from the south or east, approach the city on the M62 and follow for A5058 Queens Drive. Stay on the A5058 for about 3 miles, and turn left at the traffic lights at Utting Avenue. Continue until you see the stadium on your right.
If using public transport, take bus 17 from Queens Square bus station, which lies almost opposite Liverpool Lime Street train station in Liverpool’s centre. Alternatively, one can take bus 26 or 27 from Paradise street, also in the centre, or bus 917 from St John’s Lane. All buses leave you directly at the ground.
Address: Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TH
Eat, drink, and sleep
Anfield is located in Liverpool’s rather derelict Anfield area. It is bordered on one side by Stanfield Park and on the others by terraced housing. There is little to see and do around the stadium, though there are a few pubs for pre-match drinking. Expect them to get crowded though.
On the other hand, there are many of eating and drinking options in Liverpool’s city centre. Most of the nightlife is situated south and west of Liverpool Lime Street station (e.g. Concert Square and Mathew Street) and around the Albert Dock.
If you wish to stay as close as possible to Anfield, then either Hotelanfield or Epstein House are good options. They both get good reviews, though the latter is somewhat cheaper. The Throstles Nest Hotel is another excellent option, and located exactly in between the stadium and the city centre (both at walking distance). For all hotels near Anfield click here.
If you plan to spend more time in Liverpool, it will likely be more convenient to pick a hotel closer to the city centre, where there are many options.
Tickets for Liverpool FC games can be bought online, by telephone +44 (0)151 907 9399 (0843 170 5555 from the UK), or at the ticket office at Anfield.
LFC Official Members receive priority access to tickets. Liverpool FC also offers more expensive Hospitality packages that tend to be more easily available.
Liverpool has divided its home matches into three pricing categories.Tickets for category A matches, the most expensive, cost either £45.00 for a seat at the Kop, or £48.00 for a seat at any of the other stands. Tickets for category C matches, the cheapest, cost eithers £39.00 or £42.00.
Liverpool FC offers guided stadium tours that include access to the dressing rooms, players’ tunnel, press room, and the Liverpool FC museum. The tour lasts approximately 60 minutes. Liverpool also offers more expensive Legends tours.
Tours run every day of the week at least twice an hour, usually starting at 9:30 am with the last tour at 4:00 pm or 4:30 pm. Legends tours run once or twice a week.
Bookings can be made by phone +44 (0) 151 260 6677 or online. Walk-ups are allowed but subject to availability and it is therefore advised to book the tour in advance.
The tour costs £15.00, or £6.00 for the museum only.
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