Architect reveals blueprint for new Everton stadiumPublished December 20, 2016
The man tasked with designing Everton’s new stadium, Dan Meis, has taken to Twitter to provide supporters with an indication as to what they can expect from his plans for the Toffees’ new home.
Situated at the historic Goodison Park since 1892, the Merseysiders are closing in on a land deal that will see them move home to the Bramley-Moore Dock on the banks of the River Mersey in the coming years.
And at Goodison Park to take in Monday night’s Merseyside derby, the New-York based architect and self-confessed blue employed by the club to design the new stadium suggested that he’d look to create a traditional structure that harnessed the typically raucous Everton support.
Meis, who is also designing Roma’s new Stadio della Roma, was left than impressed by his obstructed view and tweeted: ‘No columns in the bowl’ in reference to the current columns that obstruct the view at Goodison Park, as well as also stating what he believed to be the key parts of the new stadium specification.
When pressed by an Everton supporter on Twitter as to whether he meant a Wembley-style bowl shape, he added: “to be clear… “bowl” is a generic term for seating, not a reference to shape”.
“Steep intimate seating directly adjacent to the pitch can be done without columns.”
The telling insight suggests that keeping fans close to the pitch in steep, defined stands is crucial for Meis and Everton moving forward, with the Juventus Stadium often mentioned as a potential inspiration for those looking for a more traditional ground.
Given what he’s said about the importance of the home crowd, it is to be assumed that creating this type of intimidating stadium is central to his vision for the riverfront arena.
Following the disappointing 1-0 defeat at Goodison, the American also gave a glowing assessment of the Goodison Park atmosphere during a social media review of the derby.
He concluded: “Atmosphere in Goodison was electric, fans did their part. Injuries and early substitutions were killers.”
On the pitch, Sadio Mane’s 95th goal granted visitors Liverpool a dramatic late victory in the 227th meeting between the two neighbours.