Fenway Sports Group, fronted by John Henry and Tom Werner, have a big decision to make in the next 2-3 months.
Staying at Anfield would be great for all of the fans that have been to Anfield due to sentimental reasons.
I remember deliberately choosing to move to Liverpool to study and using some of my student loan to go to Anfield over the course of 2-3 years. Taking one of my study friends son’s with me to allow a youngster experience the uniqueness that is encompassed in the stadium leading upto, during and after the game.
My first game at Anfield was actually before my study years through a competition with ITV. This allowed me a reason as a teen to make sure my mum drove me, my friend and my younger brother (all Liverpool fans), over 3 hours to Liverpool and stay overnight. The first time I heard You’ll Never Walk Alone inside Anfield the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. The atmosphere is always first class leading up to a game and after when people exit the ground and the crowd randomly talks to one another to share views and opinions.
A few problems with re-developing Anfield have caused Mr Henry to consider the re-location to Stanley Park.
The work could easily take a few years to complete. During this time our revenue would be much less than the approximate £1.7million that we generate per home game. Compare it to Man United who generate approx. £3.6 million per home game and the financial gap already shows we generate just over half of what our main rivals do. Increasing capacity at Anfield would mean the revenue gap would increase. Given the financial clout of Chelsea and Man City I haven’t taken these into account because I await to see how they may get around the Financial Fair Play rules that are coming into force soon.
On the plus side if we did move, a new updated stadium to me, would not be the end of the world. More seats so more fans will be able to attend and less people would be disappointed if they couldn’t get a ticket to a game. More revenue is the clear winner in terms of our footballing future with a move. The stadium would also be able to be constructed while we are still playing at Anfield so we wouldn’t have a lower revenue like we would if Anfield is re-developed.
Being closer to Goodison Park would surely be fun for the local supporters especially thinking of new songs and chants that could annoy their neighbours but in general the atmosphere in a larger stadium with more fans attending would surely make You’ll Never Walk Alone more special than it is now.