Some good points there @Thomas
, and people would be fooling themselves if they were to say none of it mattered. (fooling themselves or cold-hearted).
Few points though:
- Of course Moshiri is going to make money off this somehow. But making money is not evil. We win as well. The council actually wins also - it really is a good deal all around.
- Initially there will not be the facilities around this ground like there is around Goodison. But, besides Liverpool Waters there is the 10 streets project. Besides that there is a lot of derelict land. Besides that there are a lot of companies that wont fit that area anymore and will be relocating (voluntarily). The infrastructure will come in time.
- Prices will go up, but there's no reason to think the atmosphere will be shitter than Goodison 80% of the time though?
- EitC will do what they can for the County road area (but you are right, this place is going to be fucking devastated).
Now, some facts directly contrary to what you have posted:
- Moshiri *is* a majority shareholder. Nobody and no collection of individuals have a larger stake. That is the definition of a majority shareholder.
- The architect brought in to oversee this *absolutely* gets what this means to the fans. There is no reason to doubt that atmosphere/connection witht he location is going to be top of his list
- The best stadium in the world plonked on Goodison Road would not be sufficient to what we need. It's about more than justy capacity.
- You may be right about the gentrification of the city centre (the pros and cons of that are another debate). But you can't seriously consider the wasteland around Bramley Moore to be gentrified. It's a horrendous area in massive need of huge investment.