Everton have announced work at the site of their new 52,888-capacity stadium will begin later this month.
The Toffees said they will take possession of the Bramley-Moore Dock site on July 26, with contractors Laing O’Rourke immediately beginning the first phase of the project on that date.
The first phase will be enabling works to prepare the dock site for the build, and once that is complete, Laing O’Rourke will begin infilling the dock.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said in a statement from the club: “We are thrilled to be able to confirm that construction work will commence on our new stadium later this month.
“This will be a momentous day in the history of the club and is testament to the ambition and financial commitment of Farhad (Moshiri, Everton’s owner) and the determination and talent of (chief executive) Denise (Barrett-Baxendale) and her executive team at the club.
“Like every Evertonian, Goodison Park has been a massive part of my life but in moving forward we could not have found a more fitting nor more glorious site for our new stadium – one which will both honour our history and celebrate our magnificent future.”
Barrett-Baxendale said: “This moment will rank as one of the most important in the club’s history as it symbolises a new era for Evertonians, an era which will see our supporters, their children and their children’s children supporting their team in one of the finest stadiums in world football.
The club said the new stadium will deliver a £1billon boost to Liverpool’s economy, provide up to 15,000 jobs for local people – 12,000 during the construction phase – and that it is estimated it will attract around 1.4million visitors to the city.
Everton, who finished 10th in the Premier League last season