Dan Meis Everton Stadium prediction comes true after stunning new development

A close up of the barrel roof at the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock
-Credit: (Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

An element of the new stadium that Everton described as “the final piece of the puzzle” and architect Dan Meis predicted would look “really impressive” has now been finished.

The Blues will kick off their historic final season at Goodison Park next month against Brighton & Hove Albion with their final fixture at the ground after 133 years against Southampton on May 18, 2025. With construction scheduled to be completed on Everton’s future 52,888 capacity home at Bramley-Moore Dock by the end of this calendar year and the first team moving in at the start of 2025/26, much of the outstanding work is being done internally with finishing touches being made to many exterior elements of the waterfront site.

The final section of the perforated barrel roof has now been installed on the east stand at Everton Stadium, giving the first view of the completed structure with the club publishing an accompanying video with the caption: “The final piece of the puzzle.”

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It’s an aspect of the project that Meis, who is now the stadium design concept guardian, having been brought back into the fold have produced the initial renderings, was particularly looking forward to seeing.

Speaking exclusively to the ECHO last July, the American said: “One of the things that really struck me today, and we were looking at it from the ninth floor (of the Royal Liver Building), and you get kind of an oblique view of it, what feels really good about it – even though we’re not seeing all the material on the barrel of the roof yet which I think will be really impressive as it will catch the light in a way that the open structure doesn’t – is that even from a distance, the brick really does tie itself into the other buildings along the docks. It feels like it’s taking its rightful place within the city.

“Across the river, you can now see it from quite a distance. It’s going to be quite prominent but the thing I’m really proud of is that it feels like it fits and that was always something really important to me as we were doing the design work.”