Anfield , located in Liverpool, England , is home stadium of Liverpool FC . Anfield was built in 1884 and is hosting Liverpool home matches since the team was formed in 1892 .
The stadium currently has 4 stands: Spion Kop, Main Stand, Centenary Stand and Anfield Road, giving a total capacity of 45,362. The record attendance at the stadium is 61,905 which was set in a match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1952. This record was set prior to the ground’s conversion to an all-seater stadium in 1994 which transformed Anfield into an Elite Stadium , host to many International events.
Anfield has hosted many international matches at the senior level, including England matches. The ground was also used as a venue during Euro 96. Earlier in its history the stadium was also used as a venue for different events, such as boxing and tennis matches. The ground is due to host matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with pool matches taking place at the stadium.
The stadium was built in 1884 on land adjacent to Stanley Park, and was originally home to Everton F.C. They left the ground in 1892 over a rent dispute, and moved into the newly-built Goodison Park, less than a mile away. Anfield’s owner, John Houlding, decided to form a new club to play at the ground, which became Liverpool. The two clubs became traditional rivals.
Notable features of the stadium include two gates named after former Liverpool managers: the Bob Paisley gate and the Bill Shankly gate. Anfield’s public transport links include rail and bus services but it lacks dedicated parking facilities.
The ground incorporates several notable features, including a memorial to the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster. There is also a statue of Bill Shankly.
There are plans to replace Anfield with a new 60,000 capacity stadium in Stanley Park. The stadium was first planned in May 2002 , but financial problems due to the economic crisis in 2008 , combined with disagreement between the club’s American co-owners makes it certain that football will continue to be played at Anfield for at least a few more years. The new stadium was suggested to be shared with local Everton FC, subject to planning approval, but this is looking increasing unlikely due to the rivalry between the two teams and fans .
- Location – Liverpool, Merseyside, England
- Built – 1884
- Owner – Liverpool FC
- Surface – Grass
- Capacity – 45,362 all seater
- Field dimensions – 111 yards (101 m) by 74 yards (68 m)