Dear all, a Toffee since 1962, aged 8. I am definitely dead-set against an athletics track around our new stadium pitch. Never, ever... we are used to being close to the pitch, giving a great intimate intimidating atmosphere... I'd rather stay at Goodison.
However, take a look at this lot's new stadium, built for Atletico Madrid: Wanda Stadio Politicano, which opens in September.
70,000 seats for football, but for an Olympic bid for 2020 or 2024. Three tiers, the lower 20,000 tier seats they loose for the running track. A floor covers the pitch and the seats. They still get middle and top tiers, 55,000 seats.
If Mr Joe Anderson can deliver and pay for his extra 20,000 seats, and have a track in our stadium designed to watch football in, well I am up for it. It'd be a football stadium adapted for athletics a few weeks every few years. We get 70,000 even 60,000. But we want steeper seat terraces as close – if not closer than we got now. Over to you, Mr Joe Anderson, Dan Meis, Mr Moshiri, Mr Kenwright...
You would get everybody behind 70,000 a top tier available on big games. I'd rather have a top tier not open for 12 games if we had 55,000 in the lower tiers than be too far away, looking across the space temporary seats.
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1 Posted 16/04/2017 at 21:09:29
I've seen the German design discussed a few months ago here but would appreciate thoughts from some of TW's technical experts.
2 Posted 16/04/2017 at 23:04:16
City overcame the awkward geometry conundrum of incorporating a track by having a temporary stand at one end, because they wanted their upper tiers to overhang the lower tier bringing fans closer to the pitch.
Of course we want a functioning football stadium before it's need for the Commonwealth Games... therefore a temporary stand is probably not viable. Perhaps a moving stand could be a workable solution... but expensive for a one-off event.
In other words it's always a compromise, and imo, the Vincente Calderon is a better football stadium.
3 Posted 17/04/2017 at 11:29:48
So, for that reason I'm out.
4 Posted 17/04/2017 at 12:05:58
5 Posted 17/04/2017 at 12:14:23
But I don't fancy a running track either.
It seems Dan Meiss will be the architect. Having had a look through his website I think he will probably take the environment and history of the site into account in coming up with his design.
I am thinking we are going to need a roof down by the river. Is that the Liver Buildings I can see through the window?
I am hoping Dan Meiss is going to come up with something equally spectacular. I suppose it will depend on who is going to finance and own the stadium.
I hope it is someone with plenty of money.
7 Posted 19/04/2017 at 08:44:50
We can't let Joe Anderson highjack our stadium for his vanity project.
Let him do up the athletics stadium in Wavertree Park, there's room there to add the various smaller facilities that are needed for smaller sports that can't be accommodated in the arena at King's Dock like a proper Olympic size swimming pool.
Its about time this city started doing things properly instead of the usual half-arsed efforts like transport: South Liverpool Parkway where you still have to get a bus to the airport. Pathetic and typical.
8 Posted 21/04/2017 at 17:26:30
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