Arguably one of the most famous football stadiums in the world, Anfield has seating capacity of 54,074 making it the sixth largest football stadium in England. As one of the most legendary grounds in world football, Anfield is normally a top destination for away supporters.
A really nice touch is the two gates at of the ground, which are named after former Liverpool managers, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley. A statue of Shankly is situated outside the stadium. The Hillsborough memorial is situated alongside the Shankly Gates, and is always decorated with flowers and tributes to the 96 people who died in 1989 as a result of the disaster.
Liverpool FC Anfield Stadium Layout
The current configuration of Anfield stadium has four stands, these are the Spion Kop, the Main Stand, the Centenary Stand and Anfield Road. The tallest stand at Anfield is the Main Stand which has recently been re-developed and opened at the beginning of the 2016 football season.
This modern stand is certainly impressive and dwarfs the other three stands in the ground. The re-build of the stand has increased the capacity from 12,000 to 20,500 and increased the overall capacity of Anfield to over 54,000. The main stand houses home fans, the dugout, tunnel, club shop, executive boxes and hospitality.
Opposite the Main stand is the Centenary Stand, it has a capacity of around 11,000 and was built (as its name suggests) to commemorate Liverpool Football Club’s 100 year centenary, in 1992. It was previously known as “the Kemlyn Road Stand”. It has two tiers and hosts executive boxes and the banquet lounge, as well as the PA box, TV suites and police operations room.
To the left of the Centenary Stand is the world famous Kop. The Spion Kop was a mighty terrace behind one of the goals at Anfield. It was built in 1906, as a reward to the fans after Liverpool had clinched their second league championship. In 1928 the Kop was extended and a roof added, this took the capacity to well over 27,000 and the new steel roof added to the noise factor.
Spontaneous singing became a trademark of the Kop and the emergence of the Beatles and other Mersey bands in the 1960s added to the atmosphere. Home supporters who are seated in the Kop are known as “Kopites”. After the Hillsborough Diaster and the Taylor report, requiring all English Stadiums to be all-seater, the Kop was re-configured and now has a capacity of around 12,000 fans.
Opposite the Kop is the “Anfield Road End”, and was remodelled in the 90s. It has two tiers, with the top tier only small. Away fans are located in the Anfield Road Stand where just under 3,000 seats are available, although this can be increased for cup games. Unfortunately you will find that some seating within this section has a “restricted view”, this can be made much worse if fans stand throughout the entire game.
This stand is also shared with home supporters, some of whom will be sitting in the small seated tier above the away fans, this can sometimes lead to coins or other objects been thrown downwards.
Although this generally doesn’t happen on most occasions, it can happen from time to time. The facilities within the Anfield Road Stand are decent. There is a betting outlet and the refreshment kiosks sell a wide variety of Pies including a ‘Scouse Pie’ (£3.50), Potato and Meat, Potato and Butter, Cheese Slices and Sausage Rolls (all £3.40). (Correct at the time of publication) If you don’t want to eat or drink inside of the stadium, then the “Arkles pub” near to the ground is generally known as the away fans pub, but can be extremely crowded on matchdays.
Anfield Nearest Transport Links
The stadium is about two miles from Lime Street Station, which lies on a branch of the West Coast Main Line from London Euston. Kirkdale Station, about one mile from the stadium, is the nearest station to Anfield.
Generally speaking it’s recommended to get to Anfield by Bus. Bus is fast frequent and convenient with ‘express’ services that will get you to and from Anfield and Liverpool City Centre in around 15 minutes. The “917 service” will depart from St Johns Lane, opposite Lime Street Station and will be ready to depart from Walton Breck Road straight after the final whistle. This will cost around £ 12 (return ticket) for groups of four available and U19’s can travel for just £1. (Correct at the time of publication)
Generally speaking, it’s not recommended to travel by car, but if you want to use this mode of transport, then fans with a “pre-booked” car parking pass are guaranteed a parking space near the Stadium where a resident parking scheme will be in operation.
Free parking facilities are available for supporters at Gilmoss (Postcode- L11 0BB) on the A580 East Lancashire Road – a key route into the city. From here fans can take a short bus ride to Anfield. The car park is clearly signposted and bus stops are located directly across the road where fans can pick up the 19 service. Single tickets are around £2.00. A limited number of car park passes are available for over 65s, in order to purchase a pass, supporters must be registered with the club.
From the North exit the M6 at junction 28, follow signs for Liverpool A58 into Walton Hall Avenue, drive past Stanley Park and turn left into Anfield Road where you will see the ground.
Driving from the South take the M62 to the end of the motorway turn right into Queens Drive A5058, after 3 mile turn left into Utting Avenue, after 1 mile turn left into Anfield Road where you will see the ground.
Arriving from the East go via the Mersey Tunnel for which you will have to pay a toll, follow signs for Preston A580, you should come to Walton Lane, turn right into Walton Breck Road where you will see the ground.
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