Everton revealed it has more than 17,000 fans on its season ticket waiting list as the Premier League club made its case for a move to Bramley-Moore Dock.
Following a special planning committee meeting this week, Liverpool City Council unanimously approved Everton’s planning application for its new stadium on Bramley-Moore Dock on Tuesday.
The announcement marks a significant step forward for Everton, which is hoping to move into the 52,888-capacity stadium in 2024.
During the meeting, which was attended by Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale and stadium development director Colin Chong, the waiting list figure was used to indicate why the club needed to move to a new ground and expand the number of season tickets they can offer.
Everton currently has 31,500 season ticket members, which has contributed to the club’s ability to sell out every Premier League game in the last three years where fans have been able to attend.
The Council has also approved plans for a community-led legacy project at Goodison Park, Everton’s current 39,572-capacity home.
The plans will now automatically be referred to the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, as is standard practice for a development of this size and scale. The government will have an initial 21 days to review the application before reaching a decision.
Everton revealed amendments to its initial plans in August following objections from heritage groups. Changes included a river-facing plaza and the removal of the multi-storey car park at the West End of the stadium.
The project is expected to cost around £500m (€579m/$703m) and will create around 15,000 jobs. The design for the stadium includes four distinctive stands, including a steep, 13,000-seat home stand.