Saturday, 11 April 2009


The view from the Anfield press box is one of the best in the Premier League. The elevation is perfect yet the scribes are surprisingly close to the pitch. The box was extended at the start of this season to give radio reporters more room. It also means the radio reporters are virtually sitting among the supporters, which can be quite energising! One of the other plus factors about Anfield is that, unlike many grounds these days, the media are not quarantined in a self-contained suite from the moment they enter the stadium. The TV gantry is out of shot, above. BBC 5 Live commentators are on the opposite side of the stadium in the Centenary Stand. Their position is above the Carlsberg advert which is visible midway along the stand under the roof. Anfield traditionalists will probably not be impressed to know that the press lounge, where hacks gather before and after the game, was built on the site of the iconic Boot Room, established as a place of legendary plotting by Bill Shankly before being 'redeveloped' in the early 1990s.
Star rating out of five: 3

1 comment:

Mike said...

I've always wanted to go to Anfield Charlie, looks fantastic.