Everton’s ‘11 Key Principles’ for its proposed stadium development at Bramley-Moore Dock have received a resounding seal of approval from fans.
In a recent survey, 97 per cent of Evertonians agreed that the Principles presented by the Club represented a ‘clear vision for the new stadium’.
Almost 10,000 fans have now taken part in the first series of surveys related to the stadium project, generating half a million responses. The findings from those surveys will inform an engagement programme planned by the Club over the next six months.
The most recent survey gave supporters the opportunity to rank the Principles and share their preferences on features they would like to retain from Goodison Park - as well as to provide feedback in areas relating to stadium design and capacity.
Fans ranked making the new stadium ‘A Fortress’ – a stadium that maximises atmosphere and creates a home advantage – as the most important of all the 11 Principles.
Including the Dixie Dean statue at the waterfront site was ranked as an important factor by 85 per cent of fans, who stated that by doing this - and introducing a Club museum (86 per cent) - the new stadium would immediately be adopted as the Club’s ‘New Home’ - the Principle which was ranked second by fans.
Supporters ranked ‘Being Easy to Get To And Get Home From’ as the third most important Principle, with the creation of an ‘Iconic Landmark for Liverpool’ ranked in fourth place.
In terms of stadium design, more than 60 per cent preferred a ‘square shaped’ design compared to a curved or ‘bowl’ design, with more than 80 per cent of fans stating a preference for the corners to be ‘filled in’.
Two-thirds of fans preferred that the away fans be located in a corner of the stadium, and 93 per cent opted for the tunnel to be on the halfway line.
In terms of capacity, 99 per cent of respondents wanted the new stadium’s capacity to be 50,000 or more.
94 per cent of fans said it was important to them that as part of the ‘Goodison Legacy’ there was a permanent reminder of Goodison Park retained in L4.
More in-depth analysis of the Key Principles survey will be presented back to fans at a series of forums that will be held with the Club’s architect, Dan Meis, during the week commencing 2 April.
Fans who completed the survey can register for the chance to attend one of these events by clicking here.