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Last Updated: Friday, 20 July 2007, 11:12 GMT 12:12 UK
Everton show new stadium images
Everton's proposed new ground will hold 50,000 fans
Everton's proposed new ground will hold 50,000 fans
Everton have released the first images of their proposed new 50,000-capacity stadium at Kirkby.

A ballot is to be conducted among about 33,000 Everton fans to decide on whether to move to the stadium, which will cost 150m and could open by 2010.

Financing of the stadium will be helped by 50m from supermarket giant Tesco.

The stadium will be built on land contributed by Knowsley Council and will include a Tesco store and shopping centre as part of a major development.

Everton chief executive Keith Wyness called the project "the deal of the century", but also insisted there was no "Plan B".

The club also fears their ageing Goodison Park stadium may struggle to get a safety certificate in coming years.

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Wyness said: "When we started this process, we strongly felt we did not want to go down the road of a bowl-shaped stadium, like many clubs had done before.

"The four stands are definitely a nod to tradition. I feel it is important that fans have a sense of place.

"We looked at the Cologne stadium in Germany and felt it had one of the best atmospheres of the World Cup stadia.

"That was to do with the proximity of the seats to the pitch and the four stands, giving it a very clear and exciting atmosphere with great acoustics.

"It also allows us the opportunity to expand by filling the corners and going up to 60,000 seats."

Everton claim they will be left with minimal debts from the scheme and they would have around an extra 10m a year in transfer funds.

Any cash Everton need to put into project will be offset by naming rights to the new stadium and the sale of Goodison Park, which could raise about 15m.



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