Anfield is a stadium that plays host to Liverpool FC and it is located in Merseyside, England. It can host over 53,000 fans and it has the seventh biggest capacity for a football stadium in England.
Liverpool has been playing at the venue since the club was formed in 1892, with Everton previously playing there before a dispute led to them moving to Goodison Park.
The record attendance for a game at Anfield was set in 1952 when Liverpool was playing Wolverhampton Wanderers and there were almost 62,000 fans packed into the stadium.
It was in 1994 that Anfield became all-seated following the Taylor Report. There are plans in the coming years to renovate and expand Anfield to allow for a 63,000 enhanced capacity.
History of Anfield Stadium
1884 – 1981
Anfield was originally the home ground for Everton FC between 1884 and 1891. However, a dispute led to the club leaving Anfield and instead of setting up a couple of miles away at Goodison Park. This dispute led to the formation of Liverpool FC and they have always played their games at Anfield.
A number of renovations were completed around the turn of the 20th century at Anfield. It was in 1928 that there were extensive changes made to Anfield, extending the capacity up to 30,000.
It was in 1957 that floodlights were first added to the venue, with the first match under lights at Anfield being against arch-rivals Everton FC. A new stand was opened in 1973, with the Shankly Gates at the ground being built in 1982 as a tribute for its iconic former manager Bill Shankly.
A terrible incident in 1989 called the Hillsborough disaster led to 96 Liverpool fans dying. This resulted in the Taylor Report recommending that all stadiums for football games at top levels in the country have to be all-seated. This led to extensive renovations at Anfield to bring the stadium in line with the latest standards.
There have been some renovations completed in recent years including redeveloping the main stand in 2015 and 2016. There have been plans put in place to expand the stadium in the coming years, defeating plans to relocate the stadium to Stanley Park.
Facilities at Anfield
There are more than 54,000 seats in Anfield across the four stands. These stands are the Anfield road end, the Main Stand, the Kop and the Sir Kenny Daglish Stand.
The Daglish stand and Anfield Road stand have two tiers, the Kop has one tier and the Main Stand has three tiers.
The Main Stand has undergone many developments over its 76-year history and the main destination for away fans is in the Anfield Road stand.
There have been numerous international matches that have taken place at Anfield over the years, most notably during Euro 1996. It has also hosted a number of rugby league games, boxing matches and even professional tennis games. It has also been used to host music concerts.
Liverpool FC was founded in 1892 following a dispute with local Everton FC. The team has played at Anfield for its entire existence. Many believe it is one of the best teams to ever grace the English game.
It has won 19 League titles over the years, as well as seven FA Cups, four UEFA Super Cups, six European Cups and three UEFA Cups. It has also captured 15 Charity Shields and eight League Cups.
The supporter base is one of the largest in the world and its main rivals are nearby Everton FC. The two teams battle it out every season with the Merseyside Derby. This fixture has seen more cards during the games than any other matchup in the history of the Premier League.
The team has unfortunately been involved in a few terrible tragedies over the years. It was during the 1985 European Cup final that a wall collapse led to 39 people dying. This led to English teams getting banned for five years for European competitions. There was also the Hillsborough Disaster where 96 Liverpool fans died in a crush against perimeter fencing.
Betting on games at Anfield
The games at Anfield are always exciting thanks to the great team that has been assembled by Liverpool. Some of the most exciting and skilful players in the world play their home games at Anfield.
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