It is now hard to recall that when the sun set on 2021, just one year ago, the stadium build was little more than a couple of precast concrete walls poking above the sandy bed.
Construction partner Laing O’Rourke wanted to end that year with a statement of intent that Everton Stadium was finally ‘out of the ground’ following months of preparatory work.
That had involved the huge maritime engineering feat of displacing a water-filled dock with 480,000 cubic metres of sea-dredged sand and boring more than 1,000 of the 2,500 concrete piles up to 20-metres deep into the northern and southern wharves.
Twelve months later, the site is unrecognisable, with 20,000 deliveries of everything from huge concrete walls and pillars to essential nuts and bolts all playing a part in shaping Everton’s future home.
The shape of Everton Stadium is now there for all fans to see, with all of the steelwork bolted into the north and south stands, terracing units installed, the giant roof trusses transforming the north Liverpool vista and even the brick facades offering a glimpse of a finished exterior that will blend effortlessly into to the industrial dockside location.
And as the build progresses, a reminder that Everton is inviting supporters to take part in a series of surveys that will help shape matchdays and the overall visitor experience at the new stadium.
The wide-ranging research will allow the Club to build on the results of previous fan surveys to provide a thorough understanding of the expectations of supporters in relation to the new stadium.
The first survey, entitled ‘Matchday Experience’, has been sent directly to supporters aged 18 and over and seeks to gather thoughts in relation to matchday food and drink, pre/post-match entertainment, travel plans and expectations for new matchday rituals.
Emails from the Club, with an invitation to take part in the multi-phase study, have been sent out to members of the Fans’ Panel, which includes Season Ticket and Official Members as well as Shareholders. Supporters on the Season Ticket Waiting List and match-going Blues have also received an invitation to complete the first survey.
Evertonians who don’t believe they are part of the groups listed above, and wishing to complete the survey, have the opportunity to do so by entering their Supporter Number and surname by clicking here.
The survey will be open until 10am on Monday, 9 January 2023, giving fans the chance to share their views and preferences.