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Visiting Anfield Stadium (Liverpool) - Matchday Guide

Anfield Stadium is one of the few football stadiums known by name all over the world. It’s home to Liverpool F.C since their formation in 1892. It’s known for its iconic character, a large museum, and popular stadium tours. You can now purchase Liverpool Football Tickets for the 2022/23 season.

About Anfield

Anfield is rated the second best in the 5 top stadiums ranking in the EPL because it has all the history and character a stadium should have. Anfield is also ranked the best football stadium in the UK because it has an atmosphere like no other. The echoes of “You’ll never walk alone” sends a chill down your spine at the beginning of the game. It’s not an experience you’ll easily forget. Enjoy matchday at Anfield by coming early, enjoying a beer before kick-off, and feel the excitement over watching one of England’s most successful football teams.
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Anfield History

Tickets, Seats and Stands

Anfield Stadium is split between four stands. 
  • The Anfield Road End – two tier North-East facing that includes away fans 
  • Main Stand – Redeveloped in 2016/17 to include a second tier, facing North-West and includes the dugout, tunnel, dressing rooms and new executive areas
  • Kenny Dalglish Stand – Two tier South-East facing side stand including hospitality suites and executive boxes.
  • The Kop - Roofed single tier, South-West facing end stands. 

Liverpool Stadium ticket prices depend on the opposing team, what section you’re sitting in, and how high up you’re sitting.

Choosing the best seats in the stadium is subjective. There are side stands, perfect for an analyzer who wants to see the entire field from halfway up the side stand. This is where most director’s boxes are situated because they give you a clear view of the game play. Despite this area being a higher price, the halfway line is usually the first area to sell out and usually belong to season ticket holders. 

The end football stands are usually the cheapest seats in the football stadium because you don’t have the greatest depth perception from that angle. This is usually where the most passionate fans sit, the ones who are likely to get fully involved in the game and experience. Despite the view, you’ll have a lot of fun screaming and shouting. Also, away fans are often seated in the end stands on the opposite end of the home team’s stand, making it more fun to cheer on your team.

The seats in Anfield Stadium are separated into two main areas: 
  • Upper tier: Seats are cheaper than lower tier and you’re farther from the pitch and may struggle to recognize players. However, this gives you the best birds-eye view of the entire team.
  • Lower tier: You are closer to the action, more expensive, and perfect for hardcore fans that want to recognize their favorite players.
The best seat in Anfield Stadium really comes down to how much you want to spend, the atmosphere you want around you, and how close you want to be to the players.

Away fans’ stands

Anfield has a separate area for away fans, located in the lower tier of the Anfield Road end. The Anfield Road stand is shared with home fans so it’s an awesome experience to feel the rivalry from home fans. Getting tickets can be quite difficult because there’s a small area for away fans and you usually need to go through your own club to purchase tickets in the away fan section. If you can get tickets, make sure to enter Entrance 3A, located in blocks 125-127 on the ground level. Anfield is an all-seater stadium so persistent standing is not allowed. You can celebrate in key moments, but you’re expected to act responsibly.

Anfield hospitality: Premium/vip tickets and private boxes

There are a couple premium/VIP and private box options if you’re looking for a more elevated matchday experience. 

Private boxes are located alongside the pitch and can be used three hours before and up to one hour afterwards. It includes a five-course meal, seats located directly outside your box with an unrivalled view, mini bar, full wine service, full waitress service, half-time tea and coffee, and a car park passes. It’s the ultimate game experience to enjoy with friends. 

The premier club is situated in the Shanks or Paisley suites, named after the famous managers. The lounge open three hours before the kick-off and includes a hot and cold buffet before the game, match ticket into the executive section of the Upper Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, as well as half-time tea and coffee. This is great option if you want great seats and a lounge experience.

The Anfield Beat Lounge has a great atmosphere and is located in the Main Stand. Fans can soak up the pre-match atmosphere but they must be a ticket holder in block L15 or L16 of the Main Stand. They’ll receive access to the lounge which opens three hours prior to kick-off, a cash bar, complimentary drink, complimentary matchday Programme, the ability to see a Liverpool FC legend in attendance at every matchday, in-lounge betting facilities, and pre-match entertainment. This is a great way to elevate a regular matchday experience. 

Enjoy a beer with fellow fans at The Reds Bar! Access the Reds Bar within the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and receive a complimentary drink, access to the Bar three hours pre-match, during half-time, and an hour post-match.  The Reds Bar offers a perfect opportunity to mingle with fans and create an awesome matchday experience. 

Each of these experiences are worth their value and choosing the best one is subjective. It comes down to how you want to spend your matchday and what atmosphere is best for you and your mates.

Anfield gates and entrances

There are many ways to enter the Stadium and the stadium can be separate into four main areas: The Anfield Road End, Main Stand, The Kop, and Kenny Dalglish Stand.  There is a specific turnstile you need to take to get to your seat. Once you use the turnstiles listed below, you’ll have a scanner at the gate that will allow your gate to open. From there, a staff member can direct you to your seat.  

The Kop stand – use turnstiles B-F
Kenny Dalglish – use turnstiles G-K
The Anfield Stand  - use turnstiles L – Q 
Main Stand Upper Level = use turnstiles S or W
Main Stand Lower Level = use turnstiles T or V

How to Get to Anfield

We highly recommend travelling to Anfield Stadium by public transit.

Train:
If you’re taking the train, Lime Street Station is the nearest train station to Anfield, located roughly 2 miles away. There will be a dedicated team at the station on matchdays to help you find your way, depending in of you want to walk, taxi, take a bus, or cycle to the stadium.

Bike:
The Cycle Hub is a free service that allows fans who cycle to the game to drop-off and park their bike safely with an attendant. Cycle Hub is situated in Stanley Park Car Park, a couple minutes away from the stadium. From there, you can walk directly to the stadium.

By Taxi:
There are new taxi pick up points outside the stadium and on major routes to make it easier to get to and from the stadium. 

By Bus:
On matchday, the 917 will depart opposite Lime Street Station, the closest train station to the stadium. From Liverpool City Centre, take the 26 or 27 from Liverpool ONE bus station or 17 from Queen Square Bus Station directly to the ground. The 501 football service is also available and operates direct to Lime Street Station for up to two hours after

Parking next to Anfield

We strongly advise that you use public transportation to travel to Anfield Stadium. There are a limited number of official LFC car parking spaces within walking distance of the stadium, however, all spaces must be pre-booked in advance and there aren’t any spaces available to purchase on the day. If you can’t pre-book a space in an official car park, there are a number of City Centre pay and display car parks. These car parks have a express shuttle bus service from Lime Street Station/St Georoges Plateau to the stadium. You can find a link to car parks here

Anfield Road closes 4 hours prior to kick-off. Walton Breck Road will close within 90 minutes prior to kick-off and will re-open 15 minutes after kick-off. Overall, the opening and closing roads coupled with limited car parks makes it easier to take public transit to and from Anfield.

Landmarks and Points of Interest in Anfield

There are so many awesome landmarks in Anfield, mostly within the stadium. For example, if you take a stadium tour, you can visit the press room, change rooms, and of course the famous Anfield sign. Other photographable locations are the bottom of the Main Stand, photos of the Kop, King Kenny Stand, and the Anfield Road sign. Don’t forget about the Shankly Statue, which will be crowded on game day but worth waiting for!

Infrastructures, Stores, Food and Drink

All Anfield Stadium stands have concourses with bars, toilets, and Matchday Programme sellers. There’s also disability access in all stands. The club also has a stadium shop located beneath the Kop stand and the ticket office is located at the opposite end of the Kop stand to shop. Around the ground, there are plenty of cafes, chip shops, as well as pre and post-game food pubs and restaurants. There are popular Fan Zones that open four hours before a kick-off on a matchday. The zones have live entertainment, food and drinks, and retail offerings for you to soak up the atmosphere before the kick-off.

Food and drink at Anfield

There are multiple areas in Anfield stadium to get beers, burgers, hot dogs, and a variety of sweet treats. You cannot bring your own food, but the stadium makes it easy to purchase food. Cashless stadium areas can be found in the Main Stand and The Kop. You can also skip the lines with Seat Serve where you pre-order and arrange food and drink delivery right to your seat. You’re able to purchase beer at the game, most drinks will range from £2.50 - £6 depending on if you’re buying a tea or a beer. Also, if you’re visiting from out of town, get your hands on a Scouse-pie, a much-loved Liverpool pie dish.

Stores and merchandise at Anfield

You can find souvenirs and all LFC merchandise at the Fan Zones around the stadium on match days. Alternatively, you can prepare for the game by going to the LFC Official Club Stores and ordering souvenirs before the game. You’ll be able to purchase Liverpool shirts, retro shirts, and signed shirts. You’ll also be able to purchase hoodies, match day programmes, scarves, watches, souvenirs to replicate The Kop at home, and more. 

Anfield Tours

Anfield is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. The stadium has tour options to help you see the entire area. You can take a Stadium Tour which is a self-guided tour of the Anfield Stadium where you can visit the home and away dressing rooms, touch the famous Anfield sign, see the players tunnel, receive entry to the museum, and view the interview and press room. You’ll have photo opportunities at every stage of the tour as well. 
There’s also the Liverpool FC Legends Q&A tour. This tour includes everything that the Stadium Tour includes with the addition of the ability to listen to stories from the legends time at the club and the option to ask them questions. The legends include; John Aldridge, Phil Thompson, Roy Evans, Phil Neal, Bruce Grobelaar, Ian St John, Steve McMahon, and more. 
If you’re for a VIP experience, you can get everything included in the Liverpool FC Legends Q&A tour as well as VIP three-course meals served in an Executive Box overlooking the field. You’ll also receive a gift pack with a personalized voucher and message card, a souvenir experience certificate, and a limited-edition Liverpool FC gift.

Anfield Area

Anfield is one of Liverpool’s most famous areas and the popularity of the area has turned it into one of the most sought-after areas to live. Stanley Park is nearby, providing an all-important sanctuary and the historic green space is a wonderful setting for a relaxing summer picnic or a slow stroll. The park is home to the Isla Gladstone Conservatory, a Victorian building that now operates as an event space with a lake, grass, and perfect flowerbeds.

Hotels and accommodation

Anfield is so close to the city centre, so we recommend you stay in the city’s famous hotels and commute by train, bus, or taxi to the ground. This will allow you to soak up all that the city has to offer.

Here are our two hotel options if you decide to stay in the city centre. 

Hard Days Night Hotel, located in the entertainment district in Liverpool City Centre. It’s close to Liverpool Empire Theatre, Beatles Story, multiple restaurants, the James Street Station, and Liverpool airport. With some many attractions nearby, this hotel is perfect if you’re spending a couple days in Liverpool.

Pubs and restaurants

There are 3 popular places near Anfield Stadium. On match days, these pubs become crowded and loud but that’s all part of the experience!  

The Albert, located on 185 Walton Breck Road, is visible from the Kop and is literally right next to the ground. It provides a great atmosphere for singing all thew ay until the kick-off. We recommend getting there early if you want a pint before the game.

The Arkles, located on 77 Anfield Road near the stand where away fans sit. This is a popular pub for travelling supporters who enjoy the banter between fans. It’ll be busy but full of energy before and after the game.

If you’re looking for amazing food before or after the game, go to Homebaked, a great non-profit community bakery across the street from The Kop. They have a great range of sandwiches, baked potatoes, and specialty pies.

Attractions

Liverpool is known for more than just the Anfield Stadium and we encourage you to view other attractions that are near the stadium! 

Liverpool is the famous birthplace of The Beatles and there are tours that offer the opportunity to visit famous destinations like Penny Lane, Cavern Club, The Beatles Story, and John Lennon’s childhood home. All these locations are a short train ride away from Anfield! 

The restored Royal Albert Dock is the first facility in Britain the be built using bricks and iron. Today, these decoratively restored warehouses house luxury apartments, restaurants, museums, and more. Visit the International Slavery Museum and the Border Force National Museum all within walking distance of each other and a short train ride from Anfield.

The Maritaime Museum in Liverpool is home to numerous fascinating exhibitions about emigrants who left Britain via the Mersey for North America between 1830 to 1930. The museum has an impressive number of artifacts, including exhibits related to the stores of the Titanic and Lusitania. This museum is also close to Albert Dock and is a must-see for anyone that loves history!

Anfield history

The Anfield Stadium was built in 1885 and is the current ground of the Liverpool Football Club. The stadium belonged to their rivals, Everton FC. However, in 1891, Everton FC moved to Goodison Park and the president of the club at the time was given the rights to Anfield stadium. He didn’t have any team to play on it so Anfield became Liverpool FC’s home. Learn more about Liverpool FC. However, construction work is being completed behind the existing stand and will open up in the near future to increase the stadium capacity.

The Devonshire House Hotel is on Liverpool’s Edge Lane and is perfect to stay if you’re on a budget. It’s close to the airport and the train station. It’s also close to Clayton Square Shopping Centre for shopping, Wavertree Botanic Gardens, and Sefton Park. You’ll need to take the train to Lime Street Station for the game, but this hotel is close to all Liverpool attractions. 

If you’re interested in being as close to the stadium as possible, book at The Holiday Inn, located opposite of Lime Street Station, the closest station to the stadium. It’s great for anyone arriving by train and includes a great bar and restaurant that overlooks Lime Street.

FAQs

Why is it called Anfield

The stadium is named after the surrounding area, Anfield. The word originated from an old word that means “a field on a slope”.

What do you wear to Anfield

At Anfield, there is a smart casual dress code. You cannot wear away team colors, shorts, or tracksuits. This dress code only applies to anyone that is older than 12 years of age. However, no one can wear clothing that displays offensive language or imagery and the club has the right to refuse admission to anyone wearing unsuitable attire.

Can I take a handbag to Anfield

You can take a small personal bag under A5 into the Stadium. Your bag can be a backpack, personal bag, clutch, small compact camera, clear 500ml plastic bottle, crutches, walking aids, small umbrella, or a retail purchase. You cannot bring a large bags or luggage.

How early should I get to Anfield

The pre-match build up begins four hours before kick-off but we recommend getting there at least 45 minutes before kick-off so you have enough time to get to your seat.

Can you smoke in Anfield

Anfield is a non-smoking stadium and smoking is not permitted.