After a referendum for the Everton fans over the design principles for the new stadium at Bramley-Moore concluded a couple of weeks ago, Everton have now made the results of the survey public.
As expected previously, the #1 Key Principle was making the new stadium ‘a Fortress’, much like the bear-pit Goodison Park can be for certain evening games. As defined by the design committee headed by architect Dan Meis, this is described as ‘a stadium that maximises atmosphere and creates a home advantage’, and nothing would make Blues happier.
#BramleyMoore #Fortress #EFC— Royal Blue Mersey (@RBMersey) February 21, 2018
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Here’s a quick reminder of what the rest of the Key Principles were -
1. Our Fortress
Our objective is to challenge for all honours and play European football every season - and our new home is key to delivering this ambition.
We want our new stadium to feel like home to our fans from the moment they arrive.
Project can be a platfom to compete at the highest level both on and off the field.
How the new stadium project will allow us to expand our ‘People’s Club’ ethos.
5. An Iconic Landmark For Liverpool
How we plan to uphold the Club’s tradition for innovation and leadership.
6. Easy To Get To, Easy To Get Home
Transport details surrounding the new project.
We are committed to leaving a lasting, positive legacy for the L4 area.
Through working with conservation agencies and Historic England, will ensure that our development is sensitive to the history and significance of the site.
We plan to harness the unique features of this location to create an environmentally friendly and sustainable stadium.
Our new stadium will embrace cutting-edge technology to support and deliver a unique entertainment experience.
11. The Right Deal For Liverpool
How the City of Liverpool will benefit financially from this deal.
From the voting results, the order mostly stayed the same except for #6 jumping up to third and #5 going to fourth. Understandably, accessibility for fans to get to the stadium on Merseyside was a big concern, while ensuring the new arena would enhance the city’s skyline was also a big concern.
The club also revealed more information from the survey -
In terms of stadium design, more than 60 per cent preferred a ‘square shaped’ design compared to a curved or ‘bowl’ design, with more than 80 per cent of fans stating a preference for the corners to be ‘filled in’.
Two-thirds of fans preferred that the away fans be located in a corner of the stadium, and 93 per cent opted for the tunnel to be on the halfway line.
In terms of capacity, 99 per cent of respondents wanted the new stadium’s capacity to be 50,000 or more.
94 per cent of fans said it was important to them that as part of the ‘Goodison Legacy’ there was a permanent reminder of Goodison Park retained in L4.
There are more fan workshops and forums upcoming, starting in a couple of weeks with Dan Meis present as well. Fans who took part in the previous survey are invited to attend these events by registering here.