Stadium-expert: New Everton-stadium could be a turning point in rivalry with Liverpool

17 February 2019

Farhad Moshiri, owner of Everton
Photo: Getty Images Majority shareholder i Everton, Farhad Moshiri, is looking forward for a new stadium for the Liverpool club

Expert thinks new Everton stadium could draw bigger audience.

Nikolaj Babis Nielsen contact@offthepitch.com

While struggling on the pitch, the work carries on outside as Everton prepare themselves for the building of a new stadium.

Liverpool Echo writes that stadium expert Simon Inglis sees the new stadium as a potential turning point in the rivalry between the city’s two clubs.

“I think in some ways you could argue that for the first time since 1892, Everton and Liverpool are going to start to have quite different characters – it will be interesting culturally," said Simon Inglis to Liverpool Echo.

Stadium that tells that Everton is ‘The People's Club’

He thinks a new stadium potentially could draw bigger audience.

"Simply because they can see the thing. Who knows how it will open up the hinterland because it gives Everton a different viewpoint to Anfield?,” he said to the newspaper.

Everton fans can expect a beautiful new stadium, but according to Simon Inglis the main concern for architect Dan Meis, who recently designed  the new AS Roma stadium, is to find the balance between designing a stadium that can bring in the big money, like concerts with big name performers or get a four or five star rating from UEFA, and designing a stadium that still tells that Everton is ‘The People's Club’.

The architect from New York, Dan Meis, has also designed the stadiums of American football teams Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals.

Owner: Goodison Park served the club well

Everton has already signed an initial “heads of terms” agreement to acquire the dockside Bramley Moore Dock and also a finance deal with Liverpool council.

The ground issue has been in the mind of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s since his initial investment in 2016. He now owns 68.6 per cent of the stakes in Everton FC, and according to Moshiri, he will be ready to splash out on the new stadium.

“We will also be looking at the best options in relation to our new stadium. Goodison Park has served the club extremely well, but we need to make sure the club has a suitable stage to perform on for the future. We will review the best options and how to finance, especially as it is likely to cost a little more than the 3,000 British Pounds it apparently did back in 1892,” he recently declared in an Everton matchday programme.

The new Everton stadium is expected to have a capacity of 52,000.