have taken a significant step towards their goal of building a new stadium on the banks of the River Mersey after securing a deal to acquire land in the city. An agreement has been reached for a site at Bramley Moore Dock, which has long been the preferred option of the club, and will form part of a £5bn Liverpool Waters scheme subject to planning consent.
While there are a number of hurdles to be negotiated, including planning permission and funding for the expected £300m-plus project, it represents the beginning of the process which is likely to see Everton leave Goodison Park – their home since 1892.
Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said “We can now move forward into the next phase of work with much greater confidence, clearly, it is vital we have clarity on cost and we have to recognise that the stadium will be significantly more expensive at Bramley Moore Dock. To get that certainty, and ensure the stadium is affordable, we need to confirm stadium design, capacity and configuration. And to do that, we need to talk to fans, partners and all stakeholders in the project. We’re committing to that consultation. We’re also committing to keep fans fully informed as the project develops and as other milestones are reached Receipt of a successful planning approval at some point early next year will be the most significant step towards bringing the stadium to life.