Liverpool FC begins work on major stadium access upgrade

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Work has begun at Anfield as part of the stadium’s close-season accessibility upgrade and refurbishment programme.

As part of the programme, work will start on: increasing the number of wheelchair bays from 195 to more than 250 positions, adding more than 150 extra amenity and easy-access seats around the stadium, improving viewing positions for visiting disabled supporters, and creating new raised disabled bays in the Centenary Stand for disabled supporters.

External improvements to the stadium are also being made, with a new lift to give inclusive access to the Centenary Stand and expansion of the Kop to increase the general admission seating by around 470.

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The new lift tower will be the full height of the Centenary Stand and will take disabled supporters to the upper levels of the stand, where they will access new wheelchair platforms at the rear of the lower tier.

The news comes as the August deadline for improvements to football stadiums fast approaches. Premier League clubs have recently come under fire for failing to make good on their promises to improve access for disabled supporters by August 2017.

Many clubs are now rushing to make improvements to their grounds after legal action has been threatened for those that fail to meet their commitments.

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