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Liverpool FC plotting concerts at Anfield stadium

The Premier League club is hoping to attract up to ten shows per year to its Anfield ground, as well as other non-football sports fixtures

By Jon Chapple on 08 Jun 2018

Anfield Stadium, Liverpool

image © Ruaraidh Gillies

Liverpool FC is seeking to expand the use of its 54,074-seat Anfield ground to include concerts and other non-football sporting events.

The English football club, which ended the 2017–18 Premier League in fourth position, hopes to “make Anfield a year-round destination by offering even more cultural and sporting events to its supporters, the city of Liverpool and those visiting the area”, according to two planning applications submitted to Liverpool City Council.

If approved, the plans would see Liverpool FC (LFC) host up to ten music or other live events at Anfield (pictured) annually, mainly outside the August–May football calendar. The club would also be allowed to programme non-football sporting events, such as boxing, American football and Gaelic football.

For concerts, LFC would “work closely with professional events promoters”, according to the applications, which are expected to be considered by the council’s planning committee later this year.

“The plans we are bringing forward would provide the city’s residents with increased entertainment opportunities for music and sporting events”

The shows – which could begin as early as May 2019 – would be the stadium’s first concerts since Paul McCartney, the Zutons and Kaiser Chiefs the played Anfield as part of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008.

Andy Hughes, chief operating officer at LFC, said: “The plans we are bringing forward would provide the city’s residents with increased entertainment opportunities for music and sporting events while at the same time supporting Liverpool’s vision to attract more visitors to the city.

“Our proposals not only support the city’s ambitions, but showcase Anfield as a destination, and will support local businesses and jobs in the area.”

Anfield is England’s seventh-largest stadium by capacity, behind Wembley (90,000), Twickenham (82,000), Old Trafford (75,731), London Stadium (66,000), Emirates Stadium (60,432) and Etihad Stadium (55,097) in nearby Manchester.

 


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