Facts about Anfield
Anfield can today hold 45,276 spectators, but the record attendance is significantly higher than that. In a FA Cup game against Wolverhampton in 1952, 61,905 people showed up. Anfield is ranked as a four star stadium by UEFA, which is slightly below world class.
Football of the highest level has been played at Anfield ever since 1884. It might sound strange since Liverpool FC wasn’t formed until 1892, but the fact of the matter is that Everton, which was founded in 1884, used Anfield as its home stadium initially. However, when a dispute between the club and the landlord about the rent blossomed up, Everton moved to Goodison Park.
The first game that Liverpool played at Anfield was against Rotherham. They won the game with 7-1. 1893 Liverpool played its first season in the English top division. Back then, the stadium could take approximately 5,000 spectators.
From the end of the 1800’s up until now, the capacity has been increased in stages. In 1906 the famous stand Spion Kop, or just The Kop, was built. In 1928 it was expanded to be able to hold over 30,000 spectators, and today the stand only consists of seats. Despite this, not many people remain seated when You’ll Never Walk Alone booms out across the stadium.
Between 1963 and 1973 Anfield was greatly modernized. The old main stand was torn down completely in favor of a new one. During the 1980’s, they also started to remake all stands to be seated only. The latest modification was done in 1998 when a second section of the Anfield Road Stand was built.
If you are in Central Liverpool, Anfield is within walking distance. The stadium is in a residential area about three kilometers east of the center. There are also several bus lines that run between central Liverpool and Anfield.