Goodison Park was inaugurated in 1892 and can today hold 40,157 spectators, but things were different in the 1940’s, when the capacity was about 80,000. The attendance record was set in 1948 when 78,299 people watched the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool.
Everton was formed in 1878. During its initial years the club played their home games on a grassy area of Stanley Park. Stanley Park is today the park that resides right between Goodison Park and Liverpool FC’s home stadium Anfield. After that, the club played a few seasons at Priory Road.
In 1884 Everton was moved to Anfield where a new stadium had been built. However, after a few people in Everton’s board couldn’t agree on the future of the club as well as the fact that the rent for Anfield was significantly increased, the team decided to leave Anfield and build a new stadium – Goodison Park.
Goodison Park was inaugurated on August 24th 1982, and the first game in the stadium was between Everton and Bolton (Everton won by 2-0).
During the first decades of the 1900’s, several additions were made on the stadium, but after that nothing major happened until 1971, when the main stand was given another story. During the 1990’s Goodison has been converted to only offer seats.
Goodison Park is about four kilometers northeast of central Liverpool. The stadium has Stanley Park as its neighbor in the north. It is a painless endeavor to walk to the stadium from central London, and several bus lines also pass the area. During match days there are special buses from the Sandhills railway station to Goodison Park.