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Everton announce proposed capacity for planned new Stadium

Everton's planned new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will have a proposed capacity of 52,000 with the possibility to add a further 10,000 seats should demand require. Credit: PA

Everton's planned new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will have a proposed capacity of 52,000 with the possibility to add a further 10,000 seats should demand require.

The size and design of the new ground by the waterside remain subject to planning permission and public consultation but the club have finally settled on the number of seats following discussions with industry experts and engagement with fans.

Press Association Sport understands an assessment of current numbers estimated up to 8,000 new season ticket holders - although a more realistic estimate might be 3,000 to 5,000 - from a waiting list of 10,000 could come on board at the new stadium.

This would add to the 32,000 already on their books and the club are confident they can consistently fill a 52,000-seater ground.

Two stands will be designed to be able to adopt rail seating/safe standing should there be a change in the law and supporters express a desire for it to be introduced, with further future-proofing meaning capacity could be upscaled to 62,000.

A second public consultation will be held in the summer when proposed designs and an initial overview of proposals for Goodison Park will be presented, with a planning application due to be submitted in late 2019.

Everton record loss despite increased revenue

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Everton brought in record revenue of £189million this year - but the Blues were still in the red.

The club announced an operating loss of £22.9m, compared to the profit of £25m posted the previous year.

Everton, who sacked manager Sam Allardyce in May, revealed the change in coaching staff cost them £14.4m.

An eighth-placed finish in the Premier League earned Everton £25.1m, while broadcasting revenue was £130.5m.

The club invested heavily in players such as Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott and Jordan Pickford.

In a statement on the club's website, chief executive officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: "For the second consecutive year the club has generated record revenue.

"Gate receipts, sponsorship and other commercial income increased significantly by 45 per cent and the continued and quite magnificent support of our fans meant that season tickets reached the cap with more than 10,000 on a waiting list.

"This commercial growth demonstrates our progress and we have a vision for the club that is shared on and off the pitch by our majority shareholder, chairman, our board of directors, the Everton Leadership Team, our director of football and manager."

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