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New Kirkby Stadium Pictures and the Echo U-turn

By Louis Platt :  14/11/2007 :  Comments (24) :
I want to share these artist's impressions with you:

I wonder why they never used the third one when pitching the idea? Also - does anybody else feel that the Echo are slowly doing a U-turn on that stadium? In the past fortnight we have stories on:

How 71 homes will be demolished for the new stadium whilst Scotland Road will have one commercial premises removed.

Bestway saying they are still keen on the move and their off will still exist should kirkby derail.

A piece in the Echo regarding the famous HOK report saying that a stadium would fit on the land months after it was first announced.

Finally today's renderings of how the stadium will look in the daytime with car park and shops in full view.

Also it is worth pointing out two Youtube videos regarding the new stadium:

Youtube Link 1

Youtube Link 2

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Danny Mullally
1   Posted 14/11/2007 at 20:22:02

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I do agree with you that recently the Echo seems a bit more, well "balanced" regarding the various issues regarding the debate. However, I still have not forgotten how the editorial team at the Echo skimmed over alternative proposals to the Kirkby scheme by carefully positioning relatively important views on the debate in less obvious areas within the paper, when they would splash any comments from Wyness or Leahy across the front page.

That aside, my views of this new dayime impression reminds me of Boltons ground, minus the patches of greenery surrounding the reebok complex.
Just does not look or feel right at all in my opinion. It just looks soul-less.

David Kenrick
2   Posted 14/11/2007 at 21:00:30

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Whereever the new Everton Stadium is built it MUST be bigger than the Liverpool Stadium.. This is setting the scene for the next 100 years... Everrton are to be the bigger and better side .. anything less than 70,000+ is negative
Steve Williams
3   Posted 14/11/2007 at 21:09:54

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I’m really not sure why anyone is surprised by these renderings. This was always coming.

Also, don’t just pick on the third picture, to me they all look IKEA’ish and bland - they just leave me cold.

Danny, you’re right - where’s the soul and passion - the bedrocks on which this great club was built?
Dave Wilson
4   Posted 14/11/2007 at 21:11:08

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laughed out loud when I saw the pictures
Maddening and Audrey will still be besides themselves, they’re still trying trying to convince everyone its a winner, these gullible twats deserve everything they get
It started a shambles and is rapidly going downhill
cant happen, wont happen
Greg Murphy
5   Posted 14/11/2007 at 22:00:08

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Steve Williams "this was always coming". Dead right mate. It’s mind boggling that I’ve heard so many Blues today say "I didn’t know it would be this bad/hideous/plastic etc, etc, I wish I had my vote again."
Just makes the pain even worse.
Stuart Mitchell
6   Posted 14/11/2007 at 23:02:28

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Hey that new Tesco’s looks nice!
Stuart Mitchell
7   Posted 14/11/2007 at 23:07:54

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To be fair its not a bad looking stadum, not like some of those cheap plasitc looking bowl stadiums.

Tommy Gibbons
8   Posted 15/11/2007 at 00:46:20

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Yet more ?I don?t like that one? from the luddites... It?s easy to say NO when you ain?t got a decent alternative isn?t it? And before you all shout ?Bestway? have they given any price indications/costs to Everton? Because if they have, I ain?t seen them!
Rich Jones
9   Posted 15/11/2007 at 01:22:10

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Shame on Kenwright and Wyness, but most of all shame on all the mugs that gave them the ticket to whatever benefits there getting out of this. However, I have to say all these people who are so upset ? WHERE WERE YOU AFTER THE UNITED GAME? You're just as bad.
Shaun Douthwaite
10   Posted 15/11/2007 at 08:12:14

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I was there after the United game and if that?s the standard of the protests against the move then you only have yourselves to blame when people do not take you seriously. Even my 15 year daughter said it was pathetic
Bert Trautmann
11   Posted 15/11/2007 at 08:11:24

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New Everton!

What?s our name?

New Everton!
Chris Briddon
12   Posted 15/11/2007 at 09:46:44

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David - what?s the point of building a 70k+ capacity stadium.

If you want soulless then try watching a game with 45-50k supporters in a 70,000 stadium, It feels half-empty and immediately loses any of the atmosphere.

One of the strong things about Goodison recently is that its always near capactiy. This adds to the feeling of the game. The problem with the JJB & Reebok and even the RIverside these days is they are half empty so it kills any atmosphere before you start. And it is the crowd that make the atmosphere- not the stadium!
Henry James
13   Posted 15/11/2007 at 10:22:26

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I’m sorry but I just don’t understand why we would build a stadium with an option to fill-in the corners. Surely we fill them in as it’s being built or look like a building site for 20 years.

Will Tesco pay for the corners?
Paul Rhymer
14   Posted 15/11/2007 at 10:27:44

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Will we get clubcard points for using Tesco to build the satdium?

If we do, we should go on line and quadruple the tesco vouchers into money off meals at some fancy restaurant. Perhaps that will pay for 50,000 fans to have some slap up grub?

Barry Lightfoot
15   Posted 15/11/2007 at 10:38:21

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I think the Stadium will look awful when finished, just wander round Liverpool today and look at all the shite looking lego buildings they are throwing up I bet they looked great on paper too.
I like the idea proposed on here a few weeks back about keeping the shape of Goodison with a 3 tier main stand and the criss cross pattern from the Bullens & Gladys Street.
Phil McHale
16   Posted 15/11/2007 at 10:43:19

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Dont get me wrong i’m just a fat ignorant Yorkshire Pudding living in Leeds and get to Goodison as and when i can.
But don’t the renderings look an awful lot like Poject Jefinner right next to the Bestways site with a stadium lumped in the back ground?
Dave Roberts
17   Posted 15/11/2007 at 12:40:25

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Henry James,

Probably not. But Mikky will be around to take them.
Paul Caslin
18   Posted 15/11/2007 at 13:46:37

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by far a better lookin stadium, why cant we have something like this
Paul OHanlon
19   Posted 15/11/2007 at 14:35:38

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When did Ikea start building flat packed stadiums? At least it won’t cost much more than their £30k flat packed houses...

£50-80m you say? Pull the other one!
Jeff Leahey
20   Posted 15/11/2007 at 16:00:04

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Take a quick look at youtube, theres a video entitled Vote no to the kirkby project,what ever you may think about the move, i think most would agree this is a cracking piece of work.
Tom Hughes
21   Posted 16/11/2007 at 00:48:39

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Tommy Gibbons:
Price to Everton? According to Wyness kirkby will cost us at least £50m, funny how he didn’t tell us that pre-vote. Do you know how much it would cost us to get to 50k seats at our current home of over 100 years? The first purpose built football stadium in the world? The first footy stadium with a double decker? The first with 2, with 3, with 4 Double deckers? The first with a triple-decker in this country? I know your curious........ well, it would be less than £50m. No plan B Mr Wyness? You’re sitting in it! I wont even begin to put a value on the history your sitting on because £100m couldn’t buy it! So Tommy when you’re asking for the cost of this and the price of that, please make sure you know the cost of the thing which you blindly voted for. "Practically nothing" went up to £50m, now £80m+ in a few weeks, how did that happen? Have you any idea what you can build for that? What’s that saying about knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing? It would appear you don’t even know the cost, so how can you ever begin to comment? It’s to your eternal shame and others like you that you do not even recognise the value!!!
mark beech
22   Posted 16/11/2007 at 13:27:55

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whata the point in the staduim been bigger then liverpools we cant even fill the one we have !!
23   Posted 16/11/2007 at 17:02:21

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JEEZUS! Them two are without doubt the cream of Kirkby’s shoplifters...
food, glasses, flowers, even tellies all dissapeared into two little bags, all in the blink of an eye -ive never seen nothin like it!

lets hope security is just as lax when they build the fucker,as I imagine the booze aisle will be full of the YES men who think the service is better there than the empty shed outside

Sorry lads.. that’s just not MY football!
Paul Brownbill
24   Posted 30/11/2007 at 20:15:04

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There is no such thing as atmosphere and soul. I was at the sunderland game and for the first half the game had huge spells of silence. Only when the players upped the pace did the stadium erupt.

It takes performances on the pitch to create memories off it.

We should build something like the Allianz Arena in Munich. It looks awesome at night. If we are moving then we need a stadium to be proud of with nothing like it in the land.

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