Everton are set to wave goodbye to Goodison Park as plans for their new ground have finally been released.
Forgive us for being overly sentimental, but the idea of waving goodbye to one of the country’s most iconic venues makes us feel a little mournful (lest we forget, Goodison was the first major football stadium built in England).
Of course, the story might be different for those 30-odd thousand Evertonians who turn up week in week out to sit in what is essentially a glorified shed (a pretty one at that, though).
It’s reported that Everton have set the mildly ambitious target of having the 52,000-seat arena, which is set to be built in Liverpool’s docklands area at a cost of around £500m, completed for the 2023-24 season.
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Admittedly, if the end product looks anything like the futuristic concept art posted to the club’s Instagram page, then everyone involved have something truly special to look forward to.
New signing Andre Gomes and veteran Theo Walcott both signalled their approval with an obligatory use of emojis because, you know, footballers don’t do words anymore.