Everton FC has put forward plans for public consultation, a new stadium that might not be the biggest football stadium in the world, but would, nevertheless, would revitalize two areas in Liverpool.
The club is looking at building a new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock, overlooking the River Mersey, located north of the city center, while their current home ground would be redeveloped into residential units, healthcare, educational and other community-oriented facilities.
The Everton FC, colloquially known as the Toffees, have been based at Goodison since 1892, having previously played at Anfield, home to their neighbors and fierce rivals, Liverpool.
While it might be strange for the club to move from their home territory, the plans for the move have been met from approval from many local figures including Jamie Carragher, a Sky Sports pundit known for being an Everton fan ever since childhood, who has played over 500 times for the five-time European champions across Stanley Park.
Carragher believes that the stadium will be a massive project, and that it would revitalize the area, which would not just be big for the Everton FC, but also for Liverpool. There’s a massive rivalry between the blue and the red in the city, and he believes that this competition is good for the area. He says that, by having two energetic football clubs each with their own huge stadiums can bring in investment, which will cause businesses to start popping up in the area.
Exact plans for the new stadium will not be available until the second round of public consultation, which is scheduled for summer of 2019. However, Everton FC says that they are working with architect Dan Meis on the design to create a stadium that might not be the biggest football stadium in the world, but it would be unlike anything else in the world. The club has already come to a lease agreement with Peel L&P to take a 200-year lease on the Bramley-Moore Dock, should the FC acquire planning permission.
The new stadium would be constructed not far from the Liverpool Waters development currently under work around the Central Docks, Clarence Docks, Northern Docks, Princes Dock and King Edward Triangle.
The new project will lead to 9,000 new residential apartments plus retails and leisure facilities, while a new cruise liner and Isle of Man ferry terminal will also be developed in the vicinity.