Golfer Tommy Fleetwood believes Everton are teeing up a stadium to be proud of on the banks of the River Mersey.
The lifelong Blues fan, who hails from Southport, has kept a close eye on the development at Bramley-Moore Dock, while challenging for top honours around the world.
And before the DP World Tour gets back into stride with the Hero Cup in Abu Dhabi later this week, Fleetwood, currently ranked 23rd in the world, enjoyed a rare homecoming as he was given a tour of the Blues’ new home.
“This is my first view of the stadium and I’m lucky to get the chance to come and see it,” said the 31-year-old, who was accompanied by dad, Peter.
“We are here on the docks and you can see the city centre. It’s an amazing spot and so many people have told me that, but you don’t actually appreciate it until you are here. It’s mega!
“You can stand here and you already feel that close proximity that we’ve always wanted at Everton, to make it such an intimidating place.
“It’s such a treat to get to see something that is going to be so amazing for the Club.”
The 52,888-seater stadium is well under way, with work ongoing on all four stands and the roof trusses currently being installed in the north and south ends.
Everton Stadium, due for completion in the 2024-25 season, will set the standard for sustainability, as one of the most environmentally friendly football stadia ever built.
And with a plethora of bars, restaurants and experiences planned across the stadium footprint, the Club’s future home has bold ambitions to be as inclusive as possible.
“Having something modern, moving with the times and giving all the fans such an amazing experience, while keeping what we are about as a club, shows we are doing it well,” added Fleetwood, who will be back on familiar territory this summer when the Open Championship returns to Royal Liverpool at Hoylake.
“I don’t know what it will mean to me yet. Everybody loves Goodison and for me, growing up, I’ve never experienced a new stand or a new stadium.
“You can already tell that we are keeping so many of the things that make Everton such a great football club and one that means so much to us.
“I think everybody is excited about it and it’s great that we are progressing as a club, in terms of this stadium.
“People save up everything to come and support the Club and Everton is a lot of people’s lives, so having something like this is amazing.
“I’m proud to stand here as an Everton fan, look at it and what you can imagine it becoming.”
Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari are team captains for the inaugural Hero Cup in Abu Dhabi, starting on Friday. The Hero Cup is the first DP World Tour event in 2023 and sees players from Great Britain and Ireland and Continental Europe compete across three days of team matchplay.