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GFE Feasibility Study for Redeveloping Goodison Park
Costing Proposals

A number of new stadia have been built recently which provides a good indication of likely build costs for a redeveloped Goodison Park. Average costs for new stadia range from £650-£1000/seat, but these costs include oncosts of site preparation – often involving contaminated sites – and infrastructure provision, as well as forming and setting a new pitch.

By redeveloping Goodison Park, not only would land ownership costs be avoided, but site preparation costs would be minimal. There would be infrastructure costs that would include upgrading the capacity of utility services and the installation of new floodlighting, but overall the cost per seat for redevelopment would be lower than new-build, even allowing for phased rebuilding.

Ignoring land acquisition costs we believe that the following assumptions are realistically based anticipated build costs:

  • New build stadium: £810/seat
  • Redeveloped stadium: £750/seat

These figures would mean therefore that the cost would be:

  • 50 000 seat capacity: £37.5 million

The above cost estimates would provide for a very good quality, fully fitted out new stadium, redeveloped in phases and with excellent facilities that could be used on non-match days throughout the year.

Initial redevelopment costs would be significantly reduced by rescheduling the comprehensive fitting out of various Stands in order to be able to respond to demand over time.

Assuming the short sides of the Ground were not fully fitted out but the long sides were, this would produce costs to compare with the above of:

  • 50,000 seat capacity: £32.13 million

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