Anfield is an association football stadium in the Anfield district of Liverpool. It has a capacity of 54,074 and plays host to the home football matches of Liverpool F.C.
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Anfield was constructed in 1884 and served as the home field for Everton FC from the stadium's opening in 1884 until 1891 when Everton left the stadium due to disputes with the club manager. It has since been the home of Liverpool FC since it's formation in 1892.
Liverpool played their first match on Anfield September 9th, 1892 against Lincoln City; a match played in front of 5000 spectators in which Liverpool won 4-0.
After winning their second league championship in 1906 Liverpool constructed the now famous Spion Kop along Walton Breck Road. The name was coined by sports writer Ernest Edwards and so named after the infamous hill where 300 men, many Liverpudlians, died during the Boer War of 1900. The Kop was redesigned and extended in the 1930's to hold up to 30,000 fans standing, and got a roof.
The ground remained relatively the same for another 30 years, with the only real difference up until then being the introduction of floodlights. In 1963, the Kemlyn Road was replaced with a new 6,700 capacity stand. The same happened with the Main Stand just a decade later, with the whole stand being demolished and replaced.
After the Hillsborough disaster, the Taylor Report urged that every stadium in England be redeveloped into all-seater stadiums within five years. The Kemlyn Road was expanded in 1992, and was renamed the Centenary Stand in honour of the club's 100th anniversary. In 1994 the Kop was finally converted to an all-seated stand, with the capacity being greatly reduced to 12,390.
In 2014 after years of speculation it was confirmed that Liverpool would remain at Anfield, and there would instead be an expansion of the Main Stand, taking the capacity up to around 54,000. Work began at the end of the year, with the new stand being built behind the existing stand in order to prevent a reduction in capacity.
The club played the first three games of the 2016-17 season in order to allow extra time for the expansion to be completed. On 3 May 2017, it was confirmed that the Centenary Stand was to be renamed the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, in honour of his "immeasurable" contribution to the club and city, especially in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.
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