In the second fan workshop held earlier on Tuesday, architect Dan Meis revealed a few more details regarding the new Everton stadium.
It started with a discussion over the capacity of the stadium where once again Meis voiced that he would prefer somewhere around the 50,000 number but the club was taking into consideration fan feedback from the surveys.
In the Q&A Dan Meis says that the feedback on capacity is influencing their plans. Acknowledges most people in the room would "lean towards 60k rather than 50k"— The Black Watch Fanzine (@TheBlack_Watch) April 3, 2018
Then Meis really got fans interested when he mentioned that the main construction material would be brick as opposed to most new arenas that end up using glass and steel.
Meis: stadium will be “brickwork, wood and panels in a contemporary way”— Terry Peers (@terrypeers) April 3, 2018
The new pictures shown also showed additional details of features currently at Goodison Park that Meis has previously said would be re-used in a tasteful and non-cliched manner at Bramley Moore, including the Littlewoods clock, the Bullens Road signage, Archibald Leitch’s iconic crisscross rafter design and even 1,878 seats from Goodison.
The way the old is being used with the new and contemporary is truly inspiring from what we have seen of Meis’ concepts so far. The latest example of a new stadium that has brick construction is in the NFL in the USA, with the Indianapolis Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium.
Unlike this stadium though, Everton’s new arena will not have a closed roof nor will it have the large glass ends. From the workshop yesterday, Meis stated that the new stadium would have a north-south orientation, with large stands on either side, especially the South stand which would be the ‘home end’ holding up to 15,000 fans, a homage to Borussia Dortmund’s ‘Yellow Wall’.