Commercial Sense vs Passion Debate: Liverpool FC Leaving Anfield

By on July 11, 2011

It’s the debate that still rages on amongst Liverpool fans. Whether we should stay at Anfield or whether we should leave sometime soon. I’m tackling the arguments for and against each of them.

This is in reply to Football365′s article on leaving Anfield, where they were FOR doing so and selling the naming rights.

I partially disagree with what they say, I think that we should definitely move to a new ground, however we definitely shouldn’t sell the naming rights to someone else. First reason, can you seriously imagine our ground being called the Profitable Plots Ground (although they have just turned bankrupt, only company that came to my mind). It completely takes away all respect that we have for the ground.

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In the 70s and 80s, players were all intimated by the ground, they were also excited to be playing there. Andy Gray himself, talked about how exciting the prospect was of playing at Anfield. It’s more than a name, it’s a home.

As for leaving Anfield, I think that Liverpool have been lagging behind Manchester United and Arsenal in particular because of our persistence in wanting to redevelop Anfield. Anfield is where we had so many memories, where we won so many of those cups. But we must look at Arsenal’s example (leaving Highbury) and do the same.

Economically-wise, it makes Liverpool a more sustainable club for the future, along with that, it means that more Liverpool fans get to watch home games. What Liverpool fan can’t be for that? If you want a way to take the club forward, it’s this.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans

 

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6 Comments

  1. Carrard

    July 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    This article is just contradicting itself. The best reason to stay at Anfield is the one you have given yourself with this part:
    “In the 70s and 80s, players were all intimated by the ground, they were also excited to be playing there. Andy Gray himself, talked about how exciting the prospect was of playing at Anfield. It’s more than a name, it’s a home.”
    You mention Arsenal afterwords, so we should do the same, sell our soul and win nothing for six years at least?
    Then, how would you pay the stadium without selling the naming rights?
    As for the numbers the question is: A new stadium for 60000 people or Anfield with the same amount of seats? The answer is pretty clear.
    I’m sorry, but this text just doesn’t make sense at all.

    • Chambers

      July 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      you trying to make any point in this?

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  3. Billy

    July 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    As a life long LFC fan, I’d love to stay at Anfield, however I now think we should move to a new stadium.

    1. All the problems that seem to been put in place by LCC to the redevelopment of Anfield over their more favoured new build option, as it benefits the city as a whole.

    2. Actual cost of upgrading Anfield, there is no way that a stand is going to be upgraded in the time frame of the summer break. Therefore while 1 stand is being increased in size there will be loss of ticket sales. and at leaset 2 stands will need to be increase for 16000 more seats. A season with 20-40% less ticket sales will hurt us badly at a time we’re trying to get the squad into shape.

    3. 60000 will be the top wack for Anfield, there will be no chance of further improvements to 70000+. There are 1000s of fans on the waiting list and we could fill 80000 most weeks if the seats were there. just midweek would be an issue. However a reduction of prices for some minor midweek games could raise as much cash as 5000 empty seat we have seen before. 50000 at 75% price is worth more than 30000 at full price.

    4. Atmosphere is created by the fans not the stands in which they sit. This is the One and only thing the previous cowboys got right, a new single tier Kop, crowd noise being reverberated back to the pitch off the roof and a stadium that doesn’t look like another generic bowl.

    Therefore for all the history and all the love for Anfield, the current changes with LFC, new owners who seem to be hear for the long haul, an upturn on the pitch, a rebuild process within the squad, why not a new home to build and recreate everything we have had at Anfield.

  4. Kev

    July 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    They would cause uproar if they renamed anfield, but they could call the new one the McDonalds stadium if they wanted too.
    These lot r no different than Tom n George.

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