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Liverpool FC’s New Stand has some odd structural issues

Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC has undergone a dramatic change over the past few months as work on a new expanded main stand has been completed. However, with the stand now open it appears there are still some quirks to be ironed out.

Images circulating on social media show one seat in the new stand that is severely restricted in head height and another that encounters an obstructed view to the pitch. The comical photos have seen the football club receive a few jibes by critics on social media site Twitter. Many observers and several fans suggest the restricted seats are only a temporary measure and are a result of the roof supports for the adjoining Anfield Road stand. The supports will eventually be removed once that part of the stadium is improved and redeveloped. It has also been stated by fans that the restricted seats are being sold at a price of just £9.00 which is a very low price for a premier league match ticket in 2016. The structural issues affecting one or two seats aside, there is no denying the new expanded Main Stand at Anfield is visually impressive and has boosted the clubs maximum capacity by  around 8,500 seats to 54,074. The main stand will now hold 20,500 supporters for each home game. The project which has cost £115m to build has added a third tier to the top of the main stand and meant Liverpool had to play their first 3 games of the season away from home while work was completed and safety and security tests were trialled. The new expansion was designed by architects KSS and construction work has been carried out by Carillon. The video below, released jointly by the two firms shows the process of the expansion and how the structural work was carried out step by step. Anfield's capacity is now the 6th largest in English football and even though it is a long way short of  Old Trafford's 76,000 seats, Anfield is now much closer to Arsenal's 60,000 capacity at the Emirates, West Ham's 60,000 at the old Olympic Stadium and Manchester City's 55,097 at the Etihad Stadium. The hope from those in charge of the club is that the improved Anfield will help Liverpool become more competitive both on and off the pitch in the coming years. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said of the new stand "Now we have to full it with life, inspire the people, they have to feel comfortable here and really good in this stadium. They need to enjoy our games, that's what we have to do. We can show it to more people, that's good."

Images circulating on social media show one seat in the new stand that is severely restricted in head height and another that encounters an obstructed view to the pitch. The comical photos have seen the football club receive a few jibes by critics on social media site Twitter. Many observers and several fans suggest the restricted seats are only a temporary measure and are a result of the roof supports for the adjoining Anfield Road stand. The supports will eventually be removed once that part of the stadium is improved and redeveloped. It has also been stated by fans that the restricted seats are being sold at a price of just £9.00 which is a very low price for a premier league match ticket in 2016. The structural issues affecting one or two seats aside, there is no denying the new expanded Main Stand at Anfield is visually impressive and has boosted the clubs maximum capacity by  around 8,500 seats to 54,074. The main stand will now hold 20,500 supporters for each home game.

The project which has cost £115m to build has added a third tier to the top of the main stand and meant Liverpool had to play their first 3 games of the season away from home while work was completed and safety and security tests were trialled. The new expansion was designed by architects KSS and construction work has been carried out by Carillon. The video below, released jointly by the two firms shows the process of the expansion and how the structural work was carried out step by step.

Anfield's capacity is now the 6th largest in English football and even though it is a long way short of  Old Trafford's 76,000 seats, Anfield is now much closer to Arsenal's 60,000 capacity at the Emirates, West Ham's 60,000 at the old Olympic Stadium and Manchester City's 55,097 at the Etihad Stadium. The hope from those in charge of the club is that the improved Anfield will help Liverpool become more competitive both on and off the pitch in the coming years. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said of the new stand "Now we have to full it with life, inspire the people, they have to feel comfortable here and really good in this stadium. They need to enjoy our games, that's what we have to do. We can show it to more people, that's good."

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