There are just 12 days to go before Anfield’s stunning new grandstand officially opens its doors to host the first match at their redeveloped home ground. Yesterday, 10,000 lucky supporters were invited to be the first to experience the club’s new premium facilities.

Among those attending the specially organised test event, Robbie Fowler made an appearance to join fans sampling new matchday menus, walk the brand new concourses and take part in the safety certification process ensuring the venue is ready for the first home game.

Fowler also assisted a joint training session between Liverpool Ladies and Youth teams.

Full Photo gallery from the event can be seen on the club’s site, and rave reviews flooded social media pages with one fan commenting:

“Can’t get over how brilliant this is. They couldn’t have done it any better. Absolutely amazing”

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The report comes as we release the full programme for TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit 2016 including a full-access, behind-the-scenes tour at Anfield just weeks after opening, and a chance to meet the project team behind one of the largest all-seater single stands in European football

As previewed at our Summit last year, this is one of greatest grandstand transformations of modern times. We’ll be touring the facilities with key project suppliers and expert consultants including architects KSS Group, plus sampling some of the smart new tech such as Exterity-driven digital signage, Geoquip access control and the unique, fast-pour BottomsUp ‘upside down’ beer dispensing!

Join the Summit and gain exclusive access to our ‘Merseyside Derby’ – touring Anfield and Goodison Park.

What are people saying?

Thank you for a great conference, which gave us several potential suppliers for our new stadium

Janus Khyl Director, FC Helsingor

Everyone is so generous with their insights and knowledge.

Kirsten Lees Partner, Grimshaw

You get people from all over the world; architects from Brazil or the states, owners from clubs in Europe and design experts and project teams... and it’s absolutely fantastic

Daniel Gidney Chief Executive, Lancashire County Cricket Club, UK

My colleague and I agreed it was one of the slickest, most professional events we have ever attended, well done to you and your team.

Jason Maher Director, Condy Lofthouse Architects

A fantastic couple of days. wonderfully organised. Slick and professional. A week later, people are still saying how good it was.

Patrick Donoghue Sales Director, Ferco Seating

We’d heard good things about this conference so we thought we would just give it a go... we’re very pleased we did and we're definitely going to attend the show next year

Gordon Bolton Managing Director, Bleep, UK