Bramley-Moore Dock could feature as part of the UK and Ireland’s bid to host Euro 2023
The city of Liverpool can “get very excited” about the potential success of Everton’s new waterfront stadium according to the leader of the council.
In his first visit to the Blues’ future home at Bramley-Moore Dock, Cllr Liam Robinson said the 52,888 seater ground had the potential to be “one of the very best stadiums in Europe.” The Labour group leader was visiting the site alongside new chief executive Andrew Lewis and director of city development, Nuala Gallagher.
The new stadium, and the wider city, could also play host to matches in Euro 2028 after it was announced on Wednesday that the UK and Ireland’s bid was the sole application for the tournament.
Cllr Robinson said: “It’s been amazing to come down here and confirm that we will have one of the very best stadiums in Europe, right here on the iconic Liverpool waterfront. We get very excited about how successful this can be for the wider city on so many levels, so it’s great that it’s coming to fruition and not just being talked about.
“This is my first visit, having only previously seen it from outside. It’s even more powerful when you get inside and now I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes together. “It’s going to be a phenomenal addition to the city, especially when you think about the location, on the wonderful, Liverpool waterfront.
“It’s already a world-famous view that so many people know and love, so to add an iconic stadium into that mix is brilliant.”
With plans progressing on improving the surrounding infrastructure, Cllr Robinson vowed to continue to support Everton in their transition from Goodison Park. He added: “The club has been doing a great job in pulling together this stadium and I am really proud of how the council has helped with that and supported it.
“It’s great to see some of the impact it’s had on local employment, for example. In fact, six per cent of the staff come from the Kirkdale neighbourhood, very local to the site.
“So, there has been a great impact locally and it will be great to see the stadium complete and watch Everton play their football here.”
Everton’s interim chief executive Colin Chong, who accompanied the council delegation on the tour, was also fulsome in his praise for their backing of the ambitious project to rehouse the club. He said: “All the way through the consultation process the support from the council has been there, so it was important to let their new leadership team see the amazing progress we’ve made and how close we are to completion.
“The job isn’t done yet and we will still need their assistance and expertise, but we wouldn’t have got this far without the help, knowledge and assistance from Liverpool Council, particularly planning, building control and licencing department, who are definitely going to come into the forefront of what we need to do in the next nine months.”
Mr Chong said issues needed to be addressed, including the wider estate and the transition from Goodison Park as well as working with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to develop transport solutions. He added: “That includes the improvements we need to make at Sandhills Station, bus routes, taxi stations, how we improve accessibility for all aspects of our community.
“So, there is still an awful lot of work still to be done, but I know Liverpool Council will be supportive all the way through.”