Anfield

Key facts

Club: Liverpool FC | Opening: 1884 | Capacity: 45,522 seats

History and description

Anfield was built 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, it could hold about 30,000 fans.

Anfield set its record attendances in 1958 when 61,905 people attended a match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Further improvements were made between 1963 and 1973. In the 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).

In the 21st century, Liverpool long contemplated moving away from Anfield to a larger and more modern stadium, and even obtained planning permission for a new 60,000-seater stadium at nearby Stanley Park. However, insufficient funding delayed the plans, which were finally discarded in 2012 by the new owners of the club.

Instead, the ownership is hoping to redevelop and expand Anfield, which would include the reconstruction of the Main Stand and Anfield Road Stand, resulting in a capacity of approximately 60,000 seats. No clear time schedule has been presented though and it is expected that the necessary demolition of nearby housing will lead to complications in getting planning permission.

(photos of the present Anfield below)

Getting there

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 by car 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.

If arriving 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.

It may therefore be wise to take advantage of the many 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

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.

Liverpool sell out most of their matches, though tickets for lower-profile matches tend to be available on general sale. LFC Official Members receive priority access to tickets. The club also offers more expensive Hospitality packages that tend to be more easily available.

Liverpool have divided their home matches into three pricing categories.Tickets for category A matches, the most expensive, range in price from £44.00 for a seat in one of the corners of The Kop to £52.00 for a central seat at one of the sides. Tickets for category C matches, the cheapest, cost between £38.00 and £46.00.

You can find a stadium map here.

Attendances

Stadium tours

Liverpool offer 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 offer more expensive Legends tours.

Tours run every day of the week  multiple times a day between roughly 9:30 am and 3:30 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 £16.00 or £6.00 for the museum only.

Photos

Relevant Internet links

Liverpoolfc.tv – Official website of Liverpool FC.
Visitliverpool.com – Liverpool tourist information.
Merseytravel.gov.uk – Public transport travel information for the Merseyside area.

   Reviews (4)

  1. Gareth says:

    I travel to Anfield (and aways) for 90 – 100% of games, and although I find most people reasonable and decent (regardless of their social circumstances – most ‘old’ grounds were built close to where the (working class) local supporters lived!) I can honestly say that there are indeed ‘a lot of lovely people’ in Liverpool, people like irene. You have to remember, you are a guest when entering other peoples neighbourhoods, and imagine these people using your street/estate/etc. as a route to the ground. With-out question, L4 is the friendliest, and best place to go and watch football!!!

  2. wayne harding says:

    My wife got me a tour ticket for me and the family , I hadn’t been to a ground since the Hillsborough disaster , everyone at anfield made me feel so welcome and at ease , they treat everyone as family, its the most friendliest place in Britain, it doesn’t matter who you support you will allways be made welcome at the home of football. Many thanks to every one at the club ‘.

  3. irene says:

    Thankyou for that review The Growlerr.. it was really nice of you to call the place where i live which isn’t far from the ground. For your info i know its a dump.. but i don’t think its very nice of you to say so. One day you will not be able to get a place to live around here once it has been re-generated.. it will be so high in demand.
    Also there are a lot of lovely people who live around here…..

  4. The Growlerr says:

    My one and only visit to Anfield and it was a throw back, around outside was a dump and very crammed. However once inside this ground still has the magic of football of old, the Kop is an impressive stand considering how modern stands are, I think they done well to keep it as original as possible. The stand the players come out though was more impressive as it just has that 80s Liverpool greatness about it???

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