Everton officially confirmed that the men’s first team will play official games at the new stadium starting in the 2025/26 season.
Next season, 2024/25, will be the club’s last at Goodison Park. Club officials discussed the decision with the club’s Fans Advisory Council at a recent meeting, with interim chief executive and chief stadium development officer Colin Chong confirming the decision today. Construction of the 52,888-capacity stadium at Bramley Moore Dock remains on schedule and is expected to be completed by the end of next year. Chong confirmed that the club has made the decision to relocate in the summer of 2025 after considering a number of commercial, logistical, sporting and fan-related factors. The move will also provide a fitting send-off to Goodison, Everton’s home since 1892. bid farewell.
This summer, Chong outlined to the Supporters Advisory Committee the details that would need to be considered when choosing whether to complete a mid-season move from Goodison. At a recent meeting, committee members were told that a thorough internal review of the options had been carried out, with feedback from supporter surveys and conversations with fans groups also playing an important role in the decision-making process. Chong was joined by Everton’s chief commercial and communications officer Richard Kenyon, communications and engagement director Scott McLeod, senior data science and insights manager Mike Gittins and representatives from the club’s communications, governance and legal teams.
Chong and Kenyon answered questions about the club’s response to the Premier League Commission’s ruling and formal appeal. In an overview of the preliminary results of the stadium relocation survey released to fans in October, plans were told of plans to announce the matter before Christmas. Kenyon responded to questions about season tickets for the final game at Goodison Park. Timetables and prices are still being finalized but information will be released to the public as soon as possible.