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Toffees unveil first look at plans for a new 52,000-seater stadium

By Matt Slater

Everton have revealed the first renderings of the Premier League football club's proposed new 52,000-seater stadium, designed by renowned architect Dan Meis.

The release of the Bramley-Moore Dock site plans kicked off a month-long public consultation regarding the proposals after more than 20,000 people participated in the first stage of the public consultation last November.

Last year, the overwhelming majority of participants supported the proposed move to Bramley-Moore Dock, part of Peel L&P's Liverpool Waters site, and the redevelopment of Goodison Park, where the club has played since 1892.

The plan for the stadium, which will reportedly cost £500m, comprises four distinctive stands, including a large steep home stand to the south that will house 13,000 fans.

Brick, steel and glass will be used, with a nod to the historic maritime and warehouse buildings nearby.

A waterway connecting the docks to a new multi-storey car park and a footbridge have also been proposed, along with a fan plaza to the east of the stadium for pre- and post-match entertainment. A total of 48 houses and 160 apartments will also be developed.

Subject to future planning permission, the capacity of the stadium could be increased by 10,000, with rail seating potentially introduced in the north and south stands, if UK government legislation changes. Goodison Park's capacity is 39,500 and the club has a significant waiting list for season tickets.

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