Liverpool calls for unused tickets to be returned ahead of Merseyside derby

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Premier League club Liverpool has asked ticket-holders that are unable to attend the match against Everton on Saturday to return their tickets to the club, to help out fellow supporters that have had tickets cancelled due to a delay in the Anfield Road Stand redevelopment.

The call comes as Liverpool’s chief executive Billy Hogan announced that the ongoing Anfield Road Stand expansion would see the top tier remain closed for the rest of the calendar year. This means that the reduced capacity of Anfield will remain the same as it has done for the opening games of the 2023-24 season.

Tickets for the weekend’s Merseyside derby had been sold with the expectation that the upper tier would at least be partially open.

The delay to the redevelopment of the Anfield Road Stand is the result of Buckingham Group Contracting, the company that had been leading the project, entering administration.

In an attempt to accommodate as many fans whose tickets have been cancelled as possible, Liverpool has cut all ticket allocations and is calling supporters to use the club’s Ticket Exchange to return derby tickets that will no longer be used.

As a gesture of thanks to the first 4,000 fans that return their tickets for the Everton game by midday tomorrow (Wednesday), Liverpool will offer a full refund; the chance to keep credit for the game despite not attending; and a £10 (€12/$12) voucher per ticket returned to use on retail purchases made online before the end of November.

Those that return tickets after the first 4,000, or after the 12:00pm BST cut-off point and before the Ticket Exchange closes, will still be refunded in full but will not be eligible for the retail voucher or match credit.

Last month, Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group secured a strategic common equity minority investment from New York-based Dynasty Equity, to cover bank debt incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic and capital expenses made to expand Anfield, build the AXA Training Centre, and repurchase the Melwood training ground, as well as player acquisitions made over the summer.