Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has said a new stadium earmarked for Everton Football Club could become a big part of the city’s 2026 Commonwealth Games bid.
Speaking at an event looking at regeneration plans for Liverpool’s northern docklands, which is next to the English Premier League club’s preferred stadium site, Anderson said he was excited by the bid.
The location is also next to another redevelopment scheme, Peel’s Liverpool Waters, and the mayor said this could also become involved.
“If the stadium comes off around Bramley Moore, then we’re talking to Peel about developing that for the Commonwealth Games,” Anderson told the Liverpool Echo.
Everton, who have played at the 40,221 capacity Goodison Park since 1892, are still currently finalising deals to get plans for the new stadium confirmed.
At the club’s Annual General Meeting last month, officials from the club said an announcement on the stadium is set to be made in “a few months”.
Alongside Liverpool, a bid from Birmingham is also on the cards for the Games.
A planned bid from Wales was dropped last year, while cities in Canada could also seek hosting rights after Edmonton missed their first refusal deadline after their unsuccessful attempt to get the 2022 Games.