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Goodison Park: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

On August 24, 1892, Goodison Park officially opened with an athletics event. The first match, between Everton and Bolton (4-2), was played nine days later on September 1.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

Goodison Park officially opened on August 24, 1892 with an athletics event. The first match, between Everton and Bolton (4-2), was played nine days later. Everton had previously played at Anfield, but a dispute over the rent drove them out. The first ever FA Cup final at Goodison Park was held in 1894 and Notts County beat Bolton 3-2 in a thrilling match. 37,000 spectators turned up to witness the historic occasion.

The stadium quickly developed in the early 20th century with the construction of a double-decker stand at the Park End in 1907 and next with the large Goodison Road Stand in 1909. The running track was also removed.

The new double-decker Goodison Road Stand, designed by renowned architect Archibald Leitch, had been built at Goodison Park, considered the best ground in Britain at that time.

Archibald Leitch also designed the next two new stands at the ground. The first was the new Bullens Road Stand in 1926, and the second was the new Gwladys Street End in 1938. All stands were two-tiered and had a capacity of 22,000.

On the 18th of December 1948, a high attendance was recorded at Goodison Park between Everton and Liverpool. A total of 78,299 spectators attended the match.

The 1966 World Cup was hosted in England at Goodison Park. It played host to three group matches, the quarter-final between Portugal and North Korea (5-3), and the semi-final between Germany and the Soviet Union (2-1).

The stadium remained largely unchanged until in 1971 a new three-tiered main stand was built in place of the Goodison Road Stand. At that time, the stadium could hold about 55,000 fans, slightly less than half seated.

Following the Hillsborough disaster and Taylor report in the 1990s, Goodison Park got converted into an all-seater stadium, which reduced capacity significantly. In 1994, a new stand got built at the Park End.

Everton have been actively pursuing a new stadium in the last fifteen years. However, both times plans fell through and the club has taken a break from pursuing a new stadium. After a break, the club decided to pick up their pursuit for a new stadium again and settled on a site at Liverpool's waterfront north of the centre.

The football club submitted planning permission for a new 52,888 all-seater stadium in 2019. They will move into the new stadium at the start of the 2023-24 season.

(photos of the present Goodison Park below)

How to get to Goodison Park

The Goodison Park stadium is located about 2.5 miles north-east of Liverpool's city center and Lime Street railway station. If you're arriving by car from the M57, take junction 4 and turn onto East Lancashire Road. Follow the road for about 4 miles until you see Stanley Park on your left and the stadium on your right.

Kirkdale rail station is about a 20 minute walk from the ground. It's served by regular trains from Liverpool Central Station, and the trip takes about 10 minutes.

Alternatively, there are several bus routes that one can take from Queen Square Bus Station (near Lime Street rail station), or from Sir Thomas Street in the city center. Lines 19, 20, and 21 go almost opposite the rail station, while line 311 and 351 travel through the center of town.

On matchdays, Everton run shuttle buses from Sandhills Rail Station (north of the center) to Goodison Park.

Address: Goodison Park, Liverpool, L4 4EL

Eat, drink, and sleep near Goodison Park

Goodison Park is located in a residential area, bordered by St Luke's Church and Stanley Park. On the other side of Stanley Park, just half a mile away, lies Anfield. While there are a few pubs and fast food places in the vicinity of the stadium for pre-match drinking and some food, there are many better options in Liverpool's city centre.

There are no major hotels in the area around Goodison Park, but a few smaller guesthouses and B&Bs for those wishing to stay as close to the stadium as possible.

Most people typically decide to spend the night in Liverpool's city centre or even travel in from other destinations in the UK.

Everton Tickets

Tickets for Everton games can be bought online, by phone, or at the Box Office at Goodison Park. The Box Office is open on matchdays until kick-off in case tickets remain available. However, Everton increasingly sells out and it is advised to book in advance as soon as tickets go on general sale (which is usually a few weeks before the fixture) to avoid having to settle for a ticket with a limited view.

If there are any tickets left, they may be available on Stubhub or Everton's official ticket market place.

Expect to pay between £43.00 and £49.00 for a lower-tier seat at the Bullens Stand, or between £35.00 and £39.99 for a ticket to the Paddock. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at this price range.

Find a seating plan here. Call +44 (0) 871 663 1878 or email [email protected] for more information.

Goodison Park stadium tours

Everton organise guided stadium tours that include visits to the dressing rooms and players tunnel. The tours last about 75 minutes. Tours generally run from Monday to Sunday at 11am and 1pm, but schedules can be revised so please check the official website for the latest times. There are no tours on matchdays or days immediately before a match.

Booking is required and can be done online. The tours costs £12.00.

Relevant Internet links

Everton FC is the official website of Everton FC. Liverpool tourist information can be found at visitliverpool.com. Public transport travel information for the Merseyside area can be found at Merseytravel.gov.uk. Train times and fares can be checked at Nationalrail.co.uk The crowd has always been exceptionally partisan though the atmosphere ranges from quiet to raucous very quickly. Goodison is still a bear pit but it's coming to its natural end.

Goodison Park is an iconic stadium that, when I first attended, was one of the leading stadiums in England. The crowd has always been exceedingly partisan though the atmosphere can range from quiet to raucous very quickly. Goodison is still a bear pit but it's coming to its natural end.

This is a traditional old English stadium unfortunately three of the four stands have obstructed views. The main stand, Bullens Road and Gwladys Street have too many posts in your way, but you can still get decent seats within these stands with no posts in your way. You are seated very close to the pitch in all stands apart from the top tier of the main stand (the top balcony). And when the locals are in the right mood, you can get a great atmosphere at Goodison Park. It's easy to get to from the city centre with public transport and taxis, but rail links are not so great.

This is an old English stadium unfortunately three of the four stands have too many obstructed views. However, you can still get decent seats within these stands with no posts in your way. You are seated very close to the pitch in all stands apart from the top tier of the main stand (top balcony). And when the locals are in the right mood, you can get a great atmosphere at goodison. This stadium is easy to get to from the city centre with public transportation and taxis. However, rail links are not so great.

The Growler writes: January 2012 at 3:53pm I will never go back to this ground. I liked the mixture of new and old stands at Goodison. The big main stand has to be one of the oddest stands I have seen. The stand I was in though was frustrating as I had a restricted view. The reason I won?t return though is that my team was beaten!!!!

I will never go back to this ground. Although I liked the mixture of new and old stands at Goodison, the big main stand has to be one of the oddest stands I have seen. The stand I was in was frustrating as I had a restricted view. The reason why I won?t return though is that my team was walloped!!!!

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On August 24, 1892, Goodison Park officially opened with an athletics event. The first match, between Everton and Bolton (4-2), was played nine days later on September 1.

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