Liverpool will unveil Anfield’s impressive new Main Stand this weekend when the Reds take on Leicester City.
The £114 million expansion, which sees Anfield’s capacity reach 54,167, makes it the fifth-largest stadium in the Premier League.
The club held their second test event on Monday and based on footage of the trial run, watching Liverpool will become a whole lot more enjoyable.
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Of course, Fenway Sports Group’s investment is an attempt to boost revenue to enable Liverpool to compete with the Premier League’s big boys.
But plenty of planning has gone into renovating the Main Stand, which will now hold 18,700. And the results are rather spectacular.
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Liverpool's new-look Main Stand
96 Avenue and Paisley Square
Increasing the capacity isn’t the only construction Liverpool have made to their iconic stadium. Two public areas known as 96 Avenue and Paisley Square have also been developed.
A memorial to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster will be permanently located at 96 Avenue while Paisley Square, named after Liverpool’s most successful manager Bob Paisley, is a place where fans can meet and greet.
Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said, per the Liverpool Echo: “We are delighted that this beautiful area in front of the Main Stand will be named in memory of the 96.
“We have been speaking with the club throughout the expansion project on all Hillsborough matters and I’m sure fans will enjoy walking down and visiting 96 Avenue.”
Spiritual home of the 96
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson added: “When our ambitious plans for the regeneration of Anfield were launched, I indicated then that there should be a new and fitting tribute to the Hillsborough victims, survivors and families.
"Anfield is the spiritual home of the 96, and the naming of the Avenue in their memory is an ideal way for the global footballing family to remember them and to remember their families’ long fight for truth and justice.”
Paisley Square is situated at the corner of the Kop where it meets the Main Stand.
Bob’s sons, Robert and Graham Paisley, said: “It is truly an honour for our father to be recognised in this way and we’re grateful to the club for being involved in this incredible project.
“People who knew dad would know that he didn’t like any fuss or being in the limelight but having the Paisley Gates and now the Paisley Square is true testament to the success that he had as manager and ensures that his memory will live on.”
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