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Liverpools Anfield Replacement Approved

The replacement stadium that English Premier League team, Liverpool Football Club, has planned to take over from Anfield, Stanley Park, has been approved by Liverpool City Council approaching a year after they first came to light.

The 60,000 seat capacity stadium, a number that is an increase of 18,000 on the existing ground, has been designed by architects HKS who have departed from the current favoured "bowl" design employed by many premiership clubs for something more distinctive which does not have expansion rigidly limited by the design as out-of-the-box bowl stadia do.

Of particular symbolism within the design is the opening up of the inside of the stadium that rejects the walled exclusivity that football grounds normally provide in hiding the match from all but paying supporters. By not simply ringing the pitch with seats, HKS has managed to design one of the few visually inclusive stadia in the premiership.

The stadium plans had received criticism from some locals who felt the plans were totally out of scale with the neighbourhood in north Liverpool but these complaints have been rejected by the council.

Regeneration is expected to go further than just a new stadium with early plans floating that could see the closed Bootle Branch railway reopened providing good transport infrastructure for supporters to reach the new stadium by, a rarity for a club outside London.

Stanley Park plans were originally delayed as the club fell to a takeover, but with that completed, construction is expected to begin as soon as possible so the new owners can take advantage of the increased ticket receipts that the new Kop is expected to provide going some way towards covering the expected 300 million cost of the project.

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