The next phase of Liverpool FC's Anfield Road Stand expansion project will see its roof lifted off and replaced with a brand-new one, 75 metres wide and 39 metres high.
This hugely significant milestone in the build, which will see the capacity of Anfield rise by 7,000 to 61,000 seats in total and is on course to be completed for the start of next season, will take place throughout the pause in men’s football during the upcoming World Cup.
The next scheduled work will include removal of the old truss and demolition of the existing roof, revealing the new roof high above the existing stand.
The roof tips are already in place, following the installation of the new, 300-tonne truss back in July, using two 600-tonne crawler cranes.
In order to carry out this operation, two mobile cranes will travel into the stadium between the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and the Kop and position themselves on the pitch.
The turf will be protected, with rigorous testing carried out earlier this year at Anfield and on pitches at the club’s AXA Training Centre in order to ensure best practice and factor in full recovery time.
During this ongoing work, there is a possibility that a very small section of home and away fans located at either end of the stand could be exposed to any inclement weather for a brief period of time. Fans in those areas will be provided with some wet weather ponchos by the club.
Paul Cuttill, vice-president of stadium operations at LFC, said: “There may be no games at Anfield during the World Cup, but there’s no pause in our ambitious Anfield Road expansion plan.
“We’re really excited to hit another huge milestone in this ongoing build, with the removal of the current roof and the building of a brand-new one.
“When our fans return to the stadium after the World Cup break, they’ll see a significant difference and a clearer vision of Anfield’s exciting new future.”