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29th Nov 2019

Liverpool FC are looking into possibility of hosting GAA games at Anfield

James Fenton

Liverpool FC have announced plans to expand their Anfield stadium and are looking into the possibility of hosting Gaelic Games at the venue.

The European champions have issued a statement this morning which outlines proposals to increase the capacity of their Anfield Road stand by around 7,000 seats. If approved, the overall stadium capacity would increase to 61,000.

As part of the plans, the club is ‘exploring the opportunity for permanent permission to hold concerts and other major events at Anfield, including other sporting events such as Gaelic games and American football outside of the matchday calendar.’

The city of Liverpool is known for having a large Irish diaspora population and while any football or hurling matches at the ground will likely be of the exhibition variety, it would be interesting to see our national games played out in front of the famous Kop.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, a number of matches were played at the old Wembley Stadium in London. The Wembley Tournament attracted large crowds and you can get a glimpse of what unfolded courtesy of RTÉ here.

Liverpool are currently riding a crest of a wave, having been crowned champions of Europe back in June. At the time of writing, they are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League as they look to close in on a first league title since 1990. The Reds haven’t lost at home in the league since falling 2-1 to Crystal Palace back in April 2017.

The plans to expand Anfield are at a first stage public consultation phase and you can read more about the proposals here.

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