Owners of pubs and takeaways by Goodison Park are already beginning to find spots to relocate around the new Everton Stadium, according to Daily Mail.
The newspaper reported via its website [22 January] that the local businesses that rely on matchday trade outside Goodison Park are already on the hunt to find a new spot before the opening of the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
It is understood that one Chinese takeaway has found a spot to rent already, ahead of the planned move to the brand-new stadium for the 2025/26 season, sparking a “gold rush”.
Light at the end of the tunnel
With so much negativity surrounding Everton right now, most of all the club being threatened with relegation after two run-ins with FFP, the new stadium gives the fans something incredible to look forward to.
And, the local business already looking to get a shoo-in at Bramley-Moore Dock make a livelihood from selling their goods to match-going fans, mainly on a Saturday or Sunday.
It is a scary thought moving away from Goodison Park, but it is an incredible opportunity for all involved with the club.
The new stadium will offer them an amazing chance to win over more fans. It is just a shame that the opening seems so far away, partnered with the looming possibility that the Toffees may be playing Championship football by the time the new stadium is ready.
But with so much opportunity arising from the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium before it has even finished being built, it just goes to show how important the football club is to the community. It is so much more than just a sport, which outsiders will never understand.