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The structural work on the installation of concrete terracing forming the main bowl of the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock has now been completed the club have announced.

The final concrete terracing panel was installed in the east stand last week, 18 months after the first concrete terrace was positioned in August 2022.

The terrace units, averaging just under 9.5 tonnes in weight, have each been secured with a high-strength grout and then made weatherproof with a special sealant, requiring in total 33 km of mastic to make it watertight so that fitting out can be completed on the concourses beneath the upper stands.

Quoted in New Civil Engineeer, Laing O’Rourke project director Gareth Jacques explained: “Structurally, that is the stadium bowl complete. When you consider that alongside the terracing, the team have also done the structural steel and precast concrete in the four stands, it is a fantastic achievement.

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“Because we use modern methods of construction and need to fix our design to go to fabrication early, the team worked really hard in the early stages of the project.

“The rate of progress we have achieved within the stadium meant that we were nearly 40% ready to go with precast components when we took possession of the site, so it’s been a great piece of work and a great product from our supply chain partner Banagher, in Ireland.”


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Paul Kossoff
1 Posted 25/02/2024 at 15:04:25
I don't mean to put a damper on this, but I'll still be surprised, yet over the moon, if that stadium actually gets completed so Everton are playing in it.

To call it a white elephant is putting it mildly. It should never have been built, and according to Everton, that's where the overspend was. We couldn't afford it unless Usmanov funded it completely.

The perfect storm has happened regarding our club, every bloody thing that could go wrong has, and building a near billion-pound stadium has added to our demise, you couldn't make it up.

If you wrote a book about what's happened to us, the publisher would say it's too far-fetched, no one would believe that story.

Any new stadium of Everton's should have been built in Stanley Park, not next to a sewage treatment plant.

Steel helmet on, publish and be damned.

Dennis Stevens
2 Posted 25/02/2024 at 15:08:24
In the long run, the club will survive and will be playing at this magnificent new stadium.

However, I always felt that expanding the current footprint and redeveloping Goodison Park one piece at a time was the more feasible option. I wonder whether we might have been better off following that option instead?

Will Mabon
3 Posted 25/02/2024 at 15:08:43

the whole area will smell of roses once we start playing there, will completely overpower the sewage works.

Will Mabon
4 Posted 25/02/2024 at 15:12:59

'twas a big bite we took, in a time of optimism... but take it, we did. Now we must chew.

The Goodison option appealed to me too, but...

Dennis Stevens
5 Posted 25/02/2024 at 15:18:31
Aye, Will. In the long run, it'll all be fine, I'm sure.

Nonetheless, we don't ever take the easier route do we?

Brian Williams
6 Posted 25/02/2024 at 15:18:55
Extending and expanding Goodison wasn't a viable option. There was/is no room to expand it.
Dennis Stevens
7 Posted 25/02/2024 at 15:20:00
Yes there was, Brian. It's been much debated over the last few decades.
Paul Kossoff
8 Posted 25/02/2024 at 15:23:08

Stanley Park was the answer. The red shite had it given to them by the council, they would have used the whole park, right up to our end.

If we had asked for it, they would have had to say Yes, what Everton fan would say No to a stadium in the park?

Will Mabon
9 Posted 25/02/2024 at 15:27:45

a dream idea, I'd agree.

If that had ever been a route though, you just know it would have suddenly become an area of outstanding beauty or similar.

Paul Kossoff
10 Posted 25/02/2024 at 15:42:18
Will. Yes we would have been told, no you cant have the park, it was given to the people to use for ever more.

Stanley Park is known for dividing the home grounds of rival Merseyside football clubs Everton and Liverpool. However it was also the original home to a fledgling Everton Football Club in 1879 before the club moved to nearby Priory Road and then Anfield Road.

Bobby Mallon
11 Posted 28/02/2024 at 21:48:00
Honestly, Paul Kossoff, the stadium is the best thing to happen to Everton in the last 30 years. The negativity from some fans is beyond me.

Yes, we are struggling. But we just got 4 points back. We are now 5 points clear of Luton. We only have to finish 7 points above the Bottom 3 and we are safe.

In fact, 6 points would do it as our goal difference is far superior. We can sell a couple of players in the summer and carry on.

Rob Jones
12 Posted 28/02/2024 at 21:54:55
Bobby, it's hard to be optimistic, but I do agree.

I'd trust Sean Dyche to reach 50 points earned next season. If we have to sell an Onana, so be it. But it'll (hopefully) be the last season where we're in the shit on PSR. The last of the mega wages disappear this summer (Gomes, Alli, maybe Michael Keane if we can raise a few million quid).

With the end of the PSR nightmare, maybe Sean Dyche can finally have the chance to work with Thelwell on players for the now, rather than on making the patchwork quilt of a squad work under the constraints he has since coming on board.

Beat West Ham on Saturday, and suddenly, things look a lot fucking rosier than they have for some time.

Will Mabon
13 Posted 28/02/2024 at 22:05:05
"We can sell a couple of players in the summer and carry on."

This says everything, Bobby. We know who those players would likely be, don't we? The very players that could help us escape the position of... having to sell players.

Danny Baily
14 Posted 28/02/2024 at 22:05:45
Rob 12, 50 points next season is massively ambitious. And the trend on spending isn't positive (we must have posted a loss on the order of £40-50M last year to have been charged again).

Dyche could steer a team minus Pickford and Onana etc. to safety, but not 50 points. And I haven't seen anything to suggest the brakes could be taken off on the spending front.

Agreed on the West Ham front though. Very much a winnable game, and we're very much due a win.

Rob Jones
15 Posted 28/02/2024 at 22:24:11
Danny, if Sean Dyche can fix the home form, even to some degree, 50 points would be very gettable. Our away form has been decent ever since he came on board. The home form has always been the issue. If Dyche can finally come upon a solution for that form, the game changes for us.

As for the sales? Onana's almost definitely leaving. Pickford isn't leaving. He's settled, happy, and appears very loyal to the club. That being said, if we were forced to sell, Joao Virginia deserves a chance as a No1, having put in very commendable performances this season when called upon.

Jay Harris
16 Posted 28/02/2024 at 22:59:45
I know things have been worrying and depressing recently but to start knocking a world class stadium on the banks of the Royal blue Mersey with the World Cup and concerts to come is beyond pessimism.

And to start selling off our best players at this stage is very premature. For a start, we have naming rights and commercial income coming from the stadium and we need to beef the squad up – not start tearing it apart.

A big rights issue will sort some of the debt out and selling the old girl off should give us some extra cash too.

We should look forward with optimism as I believe we have reached the trough and it wasn't very nice. The only way is up. Coyb!

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