Speaking at a recent General Meeting, Everton FC Chairman, Bill Kenwright, and Deputy Chairman, Dr Keith Harris, provided updates on the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium project, and also stressed the importance of leaving a lasting legacy for Goodison Park.
Dr Keith Harris, Everton FC's Deputy Chairman, provided the latest update on the Bramley-Moore Dock project and explained how the stadium will be "flexible" to capitalise on any future changes in safe standing regulations. He said:
I can promise state-of-the-art, tomorrow's technology, today's passion and yesterday's history will be melded into this stadium and it will be a fortress other clubs will shudder to visit. With your support we can deliver that. It is a superb site, absolutely outstanding. I have been involved in building and financing a number of stadia and nothing comes close to this site.
It will be a stadium which reflects the atmosphere and passion we have [at Goodison Park] but includes the benefit of what we have today. We will build a modern-day experience which is enjoyable for the home fans and formidable for those who are visiting.
The Bramley-Moore Dock development will respect the on-site heritage, retaining the listed dock wall, revealing unseen historic features and maintaining a historic water course through the development of a water channel
Amid updates on the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium project, Chairman Bill Kenwright, who was joined on stage by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, also took the opportunity to stress the importance of the Club leaving a lasting mark on the area around Goodison Park. He said:
Goodson [Park] is important to all of us. One of the first things we decided was, we would not sell Goodison Park to any trader who came along. And Denise [Barrett-Baxendale, Club CEO] has come up with this legacy. Liverpool 4 has been an extraordinary address to me. I lived there at my gran's.
Goodison Park is my favourite place in the world and it is very important we support Denise and her plans for - not the resurrection of Goodison Park - but the fact we are not going to leave it. We are going to create something that is lasting and say, 'Thanks ever so much Liverpool 4". And it will be, I promise you, a great, great legacy. We are probably the first football club ever to do it - and quite right, too.
Goodison Park has been Everton's home since 1892 and the Club is committed to leaving a lasting, positive legacy for the area
Chief Finance & Commercial Officer Sasha Ryazantsev gave an overview of the 2017/18 statement of accounts published in December and reiterated that the Club is confident it has identified a viable funding model for the new stadium project:
No stadium can be built without funding, that's been our key focus for the past six months. Ultimately this is a major infrastructure process in the north west. We are in a good place with funding. Things are looking up on this project. A lot of work has been done but there is a lot of work still to do.
Discussing Everton FC's immediate and long-term priorities, CEO Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, said:
It is vital we are ambitious and that we deliver performance on and off the pitch that drives our Club forward to achieve our ambitions. It is vital we are ambitious when we set out long-term targets and our vision needs to reflect the high standards and aspirations of our supporters - aspirations and standards that are shared by our Board. Our motto is Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, and that is what we want: to be the best.
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