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Everton stadium architect gives more design hints

Dan Meis has been interacting with fans on Twitter

Scotland Training Session and Press Conference
A general view of Hampden Park
Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

In the midst of all the transfer excitement, Everton fans haven’t quite forgotten that there is a new stadium that is coming their way soon too. Bramley-Moore architect Dan Meis is quite a vocal presence on Twitter and enjoys interacting with the fans, taking the hundreds of tweets that come his way asking about the design in his stride.

One of the pressing concerns about the new stadium has been whether there will be a running track in it or not, primarily due to the fact that the city was contemplating a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Blues saw the total lack of atmosphere at West Ham United’s London Stadium and were turned off by how far the seating arrangement placed the fans from the action on the pitch, and this has turned into a primary concern for the new stadium.

While Everton have formally asked fans for their input to the new design, that hasn’t stopped fans from directly placing their requests with Mr. Meis online -

To his immense credit, the architect has been very patient with the fans and has time and again stated and restated his intent is to ensure that the atmosphere of Goodison Park, which can be a bear-pit at times, will be carried into the new facilities.

However, in his latest conversations, he did mention two very key design elements that are worth noting - firstly, he is not a fan of having a roof over the stadium.

He even mentioned that a big part of the Goodison-like environment would come from the fans themselves, and their level of engagement would determine the atmosphere.

The second hint, and this one remains a sore spot for many fans, is the presence of a running track. The advances in stadium design, as can be seen from this video below, allow for retractable first tier seating that will cover the athletics track for football games and then be pulled back as needed when the stadium is used for other purposes.

Like the Singapore Sports Hub shown above, Scotland’s national stadium at Hampden Park was also repurposed as an athletics stadium in 2014, coincidentally for the Commonwealth Games as well.

Scotland Training Session and Press Conference
Another view of Hampden Park
Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Here are Mr. Meis’ comments on having a track, and the effect on the distance of the fans from the pitch -

While there is still no timeline on when the first designs will be released to the public, Mr. Meis called for patience as he and his team continue to do their due diligence.

From his sincere comments, Blues can rest easy that Mr. Meis is going to stick to his brief of his designing a new home for Everton that will replicate the best features of Goodison Park while at the same time taking this great club forward into a bold and bright future without compromising any of the ideals that make us who we are - the People’s Club, first and foremost.

With that said, we can’t wait to see the first sketches and mock-ups of the new Bramley-Moore Stadium!