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 newly-founded Liverpool moved in. 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 in 1895 the construction of a new main stand designed by Archibal Leitch and a decade later the construction of the famous Spion Kop.
The ground remained more or less the same for the next two decades until the Kop got expanded in 1928. Once completed, 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, when 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 to convert 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 now planning to redevelop and expand Anfield. The first phase would include the reconstruction of the Main Stand, which would increase capacity with 8,500 seats. If there is sufficient demand, plans furthermore incluse the expansion of the Anfield Road Stand, which would result in a final capacity of about 59,000 seats.
Liverpool is expected to apply for planning permission in the summer of 2014, and hope to start works on the Main Stand in early 2015. The demolition of nearby housing will likely be the biggest complication in getting planning permission.
(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 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 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.
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 £16.50 or £8.50 for the museum only.
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