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US sports specialist appointed to work on new Everton stadium

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Meis Architects – an American sports specialist – has been contracted to work on the new Everton stadium

A source close to the stadium project has told the AJ that the firm – based in New York and Los Angeles – is working with the Premier League club on plans to move its home away from Goodison Park.

Earlier this month, The Business Journals reported that Xan Young, a principal at the practice, is working on the project.

The website said that Young is also designing a new stadium for AS Roma.

Founded in 2007, Meis Architects is currently working on a number of stadiums including, Los Angeles’ 75,000-seater NFL stadium at Grand Crossing and the Las Vegas MLS stadium.

Dan Meis, managing director at the practice, previously worked at NBBJ where he led the design for Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center, Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium, Seattle’s Safeco Field, Milwaukee’s Miller Park and Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.

Meis hinted at a close relationship with the Merseyside-based club when he posted images on Twitter while watching Everton’s 3-1 win against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Everton has struggled with previous schemes to build a new stadium.

In 2003, the club was forced to abandon a scheme for a new stadium at King’s Dock, Liverpool, because it could not find the required £30 million in funding.

Plans for another 50,000-seater stadium in Kirkby, six miles to the north-east, were rejected by the government in 2009.

While no site has been confirmed for the current plans, the AJ understands that two locations – Stonebridge Cross and Bramley Moore dock – are being mooted by the club for the scheme.

In August, Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson hinted that the site could be the Bramley Moore dock on Twitter

The dock closed in 1988 following the decline of south Lancashire’s coal industry, and has since been used as a site for the Sound City music festival.

The development at Everton comes after rival team Liverpool FC recently unveiled its new Main Stand, designed by KSS.

Everton FC has been contacted for comment. 

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