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Four major football stadiums never built

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England has seen many impressive grounds built in the last decade, including Wembley, Emirates Stadium and the Olympic Stadium, however, some impressive designs to build new stadiums for major Premier League sides never actually came to light.

With the likes of West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all preparing to move into new stadiums, we thought it would be appropriate to look back into the history books and dig out stadium moves that never happened.

There are numerous reasons why a stadium has never eventually been built, but here are four examples of when development plans never came to fruition.


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When the previous American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, came into power at Liverpool, major discussions progressed about either building a brand new stadium or redeveloping of the Main Stand.

Ever since Anfield opened, there has been constant redeveloping, including the world famous Kop grandstand due to standing for football matches being scrapped because of the Hillsborough disaster. 

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However, in 2007, Liverpool revealed exciting plans for a brand new 60,000 seat stadium in Stanley Park, which separates the Reds and rivals, Everton. Even though talks went on between US architects, HKS, and Liverpool City Council, the plans were scrapped.

Towards the end of the ownership of Liverpool, Hicks and Gillett decided to redevelop the Main Stand at Anfield, which should be completed this coming summer.


Not only were Liverpool planning on creating their brand new stadium, the Blue side across Stanley Park had the same idea.

A year earlier from Liverpool's plans for their creation, Everton had plans to create a 50,000 seat stadium to replace yet another iconic Premier League stadium, Goodison Park.

Everton v Manchester United - Premier League

Everton tried to create a partnership with the UK famous supermarket, Tesco, as the chief executive was a big admirer of the club. With a £150 million pound plan, the UK government turned down their bid for a new stadium.

In fact, four years later, there were plans going around of Liverpool and Everton producing a stadium where they both attached together. Both sides would have had a different arena and could have saved heavily in construction cost, but the plan was not liked one bit.


In 2012, Chelsea made plans to overtake a power station near the home of the Premier League side, with ideas of creating a 60,000 seat stadium to replace Stamford Bridge.

The plan was cut off with their bid failing to have a successful go ahead, but Chelsea is seeing a big redevelopment to the Bridge, increasing the size to 60,000.


Portsmouth v Newport - Sky Bet League Two

Before the League Two side went into administration, the future of the side from the South was looking extremely bright.

Playing Europa League football, filling their stadium every week and the potential for a new stadium was a big step moving forward.

With the help of the designers who did Bayern Munich's home and Bejing's national stadium, the plan was to produce a 35,000 seat stadium on the waterline of Portsmouth, alongside the famous Spinnaker Tower and the naval bases. With a potential of £600 million going into the project, it was looking to be one of the most creative stadiums in the worlds.

However, several different designs and locations could not persuade the council to let them produce a new stadium.

In 2008 though, Portsmouth went into administration and therefore ended any hope.

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