: From The Echo:
: Mayor Joe Anderson has reassured Everton
: fans that a successful Liverpool
: Commonwealth Games bid will not impact on
: Everton’s plans for a new waterfront
: Everton’s proposed new stadium at the
: Bramley Moore Dock has been included in the
: City Council’s Games bid for 2022 as an
: arena to host athletics.
: But Mayor Anderson, a lifelong Evertonian,
: is adamant that the design of Everton’s new
: stadium will not be compromised in any way.
: “I want to be as reassuring as I possibly
: can,” he said “because, after all, I’m an
: Everton fan who has been a season ticket
: holder for as long as I can remember and fan
: for as long as I can remember.
: “This isn’t about Liverpool City Council. It
: is Everton’s stadium. It is Everton who are
: going to pay for it and Everton who are
: going to design it the way they want and
: build it they way they want.
: “What we are asking them for, is for us to
: be able to use the stadium for a period of
: four weeks. We will fund and pay for a track
: to be placed in there, like they did in
: Glasgow, and then removed.
: “Everton are looking to build a stadium of
: 50-55,000 capacity, maybe more, and the
: dropping in of a running track will reduce
: that to about 40,000.
: “But it will then be removed."
: “The cost of that has been estimated to me
: to be an absolute maximum of £27m. That
: won’t cost Everton. We will pay for that.”
: With Commonwealth Games traditionally taking
: place in the sumnmer - in Glasgow 2014 they
: ran from July 23 to August 3 - Everton may
: have to request an away game to kick off the
: 2022/23 season in much the same way
: Liverpool did on the completion of their new
: Main Stand last season.
: But Mayor Anderson believes that the unique
: design they have in mind will actually
: benefit the athletics event.
: “What we’re excited about is that the design
: of the stadium will mean that when we drop
: in the running track it will give a real
: atmosphere to the athletics events,” he
: “When it’s removed it will revert to what
: Everton designed it to be - which is a fit
: for purpose, iconic, football stadium on the
: Hmmm. >>>