Howard Kendall will have one of the pubs and bars at Everton’s new stadium named after him as work begins on reclaimed cobblestones
- 09:00, 20 SEP 2023
Former Everton player and the club’s most-successful manager Howard Kendall will be honoured by having one of the pubs and bars at the club’s new stadium named after him.
Kendall, who died aged 69 in 2015, steered the club to two League Championships, an FA Cup and European Cup-Winners’ Cup during the first of his three spells as Blues boss and already has the Gwladys Street End at Goodison Park named after him plus a statue outside the ground alongside fellow ‘Holy Trinity’ members Colin Harvey and Alan Ball.
Although Everton are yet to name all the pubs and bars in the next phase of ‘ALL’ at their news stadium, the choice of Kendall has been confirmed as part of the Blues’ proud heritage.
There will also be Dixie’s and Queen’s Head – a reference to to the venue of the meeting where the club’s name was changed to Everton just a year after their formation as St Domingo’s.
Everton say the success of ALL, which delivers a revolutionary re-set of traditional football hospitality, has led to overwhelming demand from Evertonians and the business community. Everton’s new stadium, at Bramley-Moore Dock, will be home to an array of bars, restaurants and matchday experiences for every supporter to enjoy.
The more recent offering, Dock on 1 – which provides fans with flexibility and a choice of restaurants, including tapas style and pan-Asian cuisines – has sold out of seasonal restaurant memberships within three months of launch. Seasonal sales of other ALL spaces – inspired by the vibrant dining scene across the North West region – have also sold out, reflecting the excitement of our fans to secure new experiences. Everton are now preparing to launch their largest and most innovative ALL membership yet; giving fans seasonal membership to vibrant bars and traditional style pubs within the stadium footprint.
A club statement said: “Our new stadium sales team are currently working through a preview phase, with existing Goodison Park members and those who have previously registered their interest being contacted to secure seasonal bar options, ahead of an official launch in late October. In the meantime, fans can continue to register their interest for the exciting range of social spaces and pubs that complete the ‘ALL’ experiences at Everton Stadium.
“We strongly encourage supporters to register now and avoid missing out on these thriving social spaces, when they are officially launched next month. We thank those fans who have already registered, for their patience as we work through this demand.”
Meanwhile, work has begun on laying the reclaimed cobblestones adjacent to the Regent Road wall that borders Everton Stadium. As part of the club’s respectful nod to the heritage of the site, the cobblestones will eventually provide an eye-catching feature as fans flock through the pedestrian entrances.
Workers are painstakingly laying the stones individually onto a mortar bed, to create an approximately two-metre deep run adjacent to the boundary wall, in an area that is least likely to have footfall. The bricks will then be pointed to provide an attractive highlight that borders the giant fan plaza.
The remainder of the plaza, including the pedestrian openings, will feature new granite flags, which make the site fully accessible. Elsewhere, preparations are well underway to install the first of 52,888 blue seats in the stadium bowl.
The seat carrier system has been bolted to the concrete terracing across the north stand, where the first seats are due to be installed next month. Handrails have been delivered to site to fix on the adjacent steps, which are currently having anti-slip safety paint applied.
Concrete terracing continues to layer the lower section of the south stand, opposite, where 13,000 Evertonians will eventually gather in the steep raking, one-tier stand.
Externally, the curtain frame is being installed, to eventually house floor-to-ceiling glazed windows on a south-facing concourse that will offer a spectacular panorama of the city centre. Glazing also now stretches across the entire main entrance in the west stand, with similar work underway on the east stand.