The Toffees’ spiritual home, Goodison Park, was completed in 1892 and stands as one of the oldest football stadiums in the world.
The stadium has undergone many changes over the decades and is known affectionately by fans as “The Old Lady”. Given Everton’s long-term status in England’s top flight, Goodison has hosted the maximum possible amount of league games since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, much like Anfield which stands within view on the other side of Stanley Park.
Like most top clubs around the world, Everton have sought to look after their playing surface not just by installing and deploying undersoil heating but also by utilising synthetic fibres which are woven into the natural grass pitch meaning a better, smoother surface with great drainage.
The pitch is relatively tight at 100 metres by 68 metres with the crowd right on top of the action as well. Away teams had better have a good game plan as Goodison is one of the more intimidating places to play football.
Just under 40,000 people cram into Goodison Park for home games and this is something that cannot be changed in the future, though plans to move to a new ground exist.
Everton’s home ground is gloriously old fashioned and reminds visitors of footballing times gone by Despite being joined in most areas with no significant noise escaping, the ground is made up of four distinctly different stands; the Goodison Road and Bullens Road stands running the length of the pitch and the Park End and Gwladys Street Stand at either end.
Away Fans At Goodison Park
Away supporters at Everton watch from a corner of the Bullens Road Stand. The stand itself runs the length of the pitch, opposite to the tunnel and dugouts with around 3,000 of the seats set aside for visiting fans. Those 3,000 are separated cross two-tiers when sold out, though for lower allocations this is the bottom tier only.
A little like Liverpool’s stadium on the other side of Stanley Park, Goodison has a number of old fashioned beams supporting the roof which can lead to restricted views for away fans.
Tickets for a typical Premier League game at Goodison Park range from £20 – £45, right in line with most top tier teams in England.
Prices are kept silent by Everton until interested parties make their enquiries official however guests receive a terrific service in a range of lounges and suites around Goodison Park.
How To Get To Goodison Park
Everton’s home is close to Liverpool city centre, around 2½ miles north east of Liverpool Lime Street station. Kirkdale station is only a 20-minute walk from Goodison Park and is served from Liverpool Central, the journey taking only around 10 minutes.
Drivers can take the M57, take junction 4 and turn onto the East Lancashire Road towards Liverpool. After around 4 miles Stanley Park will appear on the left and the stadium on the right. Goodison Park is in a very residential area.
Buses run close to the ground and on match days a shuttle bus operates from Sandhills Rail Station direct to Goodison Park.
No significant development of Goodison Park is possible, so Everton are resigned to having to move to a new stadium in the future. Plans are afoot however to preserve Goodison Park as part of the club’s legacy, ensuring the old stadium remains in situ long after the club has moved on.