Henry: Liverpool stadium move may be inevitable
Liverpool’s principal owner has acknowledged that the English
Premier League club may have to leave Anfield for a new
John Henry’s Fenway Sports Group has been considering stadium
options since buying the club in October.
Responding to a fan urging him to keep Liverpool at its home of
119 years, Henry said on Twitter that a move may be inevitable.
Henry wrote: ”Anfield would certainly be our first choice. But
realities may dictate otherwise. So many obstacles.”
Situated in a working-class neighborhood, Anfield is hemmed in
by terraced residential housing, making any expansion extremely
difficult and costly. The alternative is to build a new ground in
nearby Stanley Park, which separates Anfield from Everton’s
Goodison Park stadium.
Anfield has a maximum capacity of 45,000 meaning that Manchester
United and Arsenal raise far more revenue from tickets and other
match-day revenue from their bigger stadiums. That in turn gives
them greater financial muscle to attract top players on high
At 76,000, United’s Old Trafford is the largest stadium in the
Premier League. Arsenal moved to its 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium
United and Arsenal have won 16 English championships between
them since Liverpool’s last title in 1990.