A group of Anfield primary school children have made history by becoming the first group of Liverpool fans to sit in the expanded Anfield Road Stand
Work on the ambitious Anfield Road development, which will open in time for next season and increase stadium capacity to 61,000, has been underway for 18 months.
The first set of seats has now been installed, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing construction project, and six students from Four Oaks Primary School, located in the shadow of Anfield Stadium, were specially chosen to commemorate the occasion.
Ten-year-old Charlie Neill and Antonio Acosta, as well as Ismail Yasa, Wendy Zhou, Ruby Scullin, and Ella Su, all 11, climbed to the top of the newly expanded second third tier to sit on the newly positioned seats and get a glimpse of the view that fans will enjoy starting next season.
The Anfield Road Stand expansion will add 7,000 seats to the stadium and is the third major capital construction project undertaken by Liverpool in recent years, following the construction of the new Main Stand in 2016 and the opening of the cutting-edge AXA Training Centre in November 2020.
Since 2016, Liverpool FC has committed to providing free tickets to local schoolchildren for every home game through its Red Neighbours community program.
Over that time, more than 7,000 free Premier League home match tickets have been donated to the 28 Anfield and Kirkby primary and secondary schools.
The free school ticket initiative is part of Red Neighbours’ commitment to providing memorable experiences for young people, and LFC is committed to continuing the policy in the future.
“Huge congratulations to the group of lucky Liverpool supporters from Four Oaks Primary School who changed history by being the first supporters to officially sit in the new, expanded Anfield Road Stand,” said Forbes Duff, senior manager at Red Neighbours.
“It’s an honor for us to be able to provide free tickets to local schoolchildren so they can attend Premier League home games.” We are excited to continue that next season and beyond.”
A recent drone video documented the progress, flying through each of the three floors, including the ground level, which will house the expansive fan park, and the three levels above, which will house hospitality lounges and home and away fans.