Greed forces owners to finally start work
Liverpool have received permission to proceed with their Stanley Park construction.
The new £350m stadium can originally house 60,000 fans, although it could be further expanded to house 73,000 if further planning permission is granted.
The stadium is scheduled to open in August 2011 and will feature an 18,500-seat single tier stand for the Kop.
The Reds have been allowed to proceed with the construction process under licence until September while talks over the 999-year lease deal continue. No delays are expected in signing the lease and the stadium should be on schedule for opening in 3 years.
This marks an historic turnaround for Liverpool after a petty squabble between the two owners (with Benitez and Parry dragged in the middle at various points) made the proud English club a laughing stock for opposition fans and media.
“I’m pleased the club have received full planning permission and it can commence with enabling works. We recognise the importance of a new LFC stadium as part of the wider regeneration of the local area.”
“I am delighted that the design got full planning consent and that we are on site. This is first tangible evidence for fans that a new stadium will be built.”
It’s also tangible evidence that greed – in this case the chance to make money off Liverpool – overcomes the biggest of egotistical divides.