EVERTON have confirmed that work will begin on their new 53,000 seater stadium on July 26.
The Toffees are planning to say an emotional farewell to Goodison Park at the end of the 2023-24 campaign.
They have today confirmed that they will take possession of their new Bramley-Moore Dock site later this month on July 26.
And they also revealed that the first phase of building the state-of-the-art ground will begin that very same day.
Contractors Laing O’Rourke will start by preparing the Dock Site for the build, while also repairing and preserving the Grade II listed dock wall.
Everton have confirmed that once preparation is complete, that Laing O’Rourke will ‘begin the process of infilling the dock.’
Speaking to the club’s official website today about the plans, chairman Bill Kenwright said: “We are thrilled to be able to confirm that construction work will commence on our new stadium later this month.
“This will be a momentous day in the history of the Club and is testament to the ambition and financial commitment of Farhad (Moshiri) and the determination and talent of Denise (Barrett-Baxendale) and her executive team at the Club.
“Like every Evertonian Goodison Park has been a massive part of my life but in moving forward we could not have found a more fitting nor more glorious site for our new stadium – one which will both honour our history and celebrate our magnificent future.”
Everton chief executive Barrett-Baxendale added: “This moment will rank as one of the most important in the Club’s history as it symbolises a new era for Evertonians, an era which will see our supporters, their children and their children’s children supporting their team in one of the finest stadiums in world football.
“This project presents such an exciting future for our club and is a clear demonstration of our owner’s commitment and ambition.
“I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in helping us reach this point – my colleagues who have ensured this project has remained on schedule despite the challenging circumstances presented by the pandemic, business leaders and politicians, the people of the city and, of course, our supporters who have given us their unwavering support at every stage of this project.
“I would also like to thank Laing O’Rourke and look forward to working with them and seeing our stunning designs become a reality in the years ahead.”
Everton expect their new ground to provide a £1billion boost to the local economy – as well as providing 15,000 jobs.
They also reckon that Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium can attract 1.4m tourists to the city.
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