Everton – Kirkby Project
The Kirkby Project, dubbed as the only viable option to move stadium location by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright, is a proposal for a new 50,000 seater home for Everton Football Club. Key features are an ability to expand up to 60,000 seats and perfect sight-lines to all seats (approximately 4000 seats at Goodison are obstructed). The stadium is incorporated into council-plans for ‘Destination Kirkby’ and will feature additional sources of generating revenue for Everton FC. The plans are partnered with TESCO, which will allow the stadium to be financed relatively debt-free.
The stadium is designed by architects Barr Construction & KSS and is expected to cost in the region of £130 million.
Corporate Boxes: 38
Ground catering space: 326 metres
The Stadium will be located on Cherryfield Drive, in the Knowsley area of Merseyside (L32)
The stadium will be within walking distance of Kirby railway station. From Liverpool Central, trains run every fifteen minutes with a journey time of eighteen minutes to Kirkby. Comparatively it takes nine minutes on the same line to reach the closest station to Goodison (Kirkdale). However this will mean a change is required and journey time extended for all travelling by train from anywhere outside of the City Centre, in particular for those travelling from trains on the line departing Ormskirk or Southport. Note the rules for travelling long distance will be unaffected.
Ticket prices are expected to remain at the same level as those at Goodison
Attendances are projected to rise 15-20% on account of the ’stadium experience’
Everton will hold a 999 year lease – effectively Everton will ‘own’ the stadium
The stadium will be used for extra revenue generation via concerts and other events
The proposed new stadium is currently unnamed and will be located four miles from the current site
The plans for the stadium in conjunction with Knowsley Borough Council and TESCO were submitted on 2nd January 2008. In a supporters vote, the results announced on 24th August last year saw 60% in favour and 28% against.