Everton Football Club have announced they are investigating potential redevelopment of their existing ground Goodison Park as well as a new stadium.

Everton chief executive, Robert Elstone revealed that he has met with a number of developers and land owners and also commissioned a “fresh look” at Goodison Park.

Hopes of a new home were dashed in November, last year, as the government rejected a £400million proposal to build a 50,000-seater stadium in Kirkby.

The rejection came as communities secretary John Denham raised concerns over the possible harmful effects on the local communities as part of the complex contained a Tesco superstore and other shops.

Elstone hasn't given up hope of a new stadium and said: “There are many examples of Council-led or partnered stadium developments in football over the course of the past decade.

“We hope, between us, we can create a scheme which, in the first instances passes our basic test of ‘affordability' and, ultimately, becomes a reality.”

He revealed that several sites had been identified but realises the current financial climate is potentially problematic: "The economy, in all respects, changes from day to day and we have to refresh our conclusions and look for new opportunities. I hope we are able to report progress in the near future."


Posted on 04/02/2010