Least Surprising Announcement of the Day: Liverpool FC Not Going With HKS's Stadium

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HKS still has this as "on the boards." And it appears that's where the once-upon-a-time Liverpool FC stadium will stay.
Seems like forever ago we were getting our first look at the then-£300-million Stanley Park stadium Tom Hicks was promising to build for his, um, beloved Liverpool FC; ah, the good ol' days -- January 2008, before the cracks gave way to the complete cave-in. Back then, though, Hicks gave the gig to McKinney Ave.-based HKS, designers of JerryWorld, the American Airlines Center, Lone Star Park and Pizza Hut Park. The Reds' stadium was to be its own brand of special -- 60,000 seats beneath an opening in the roof, how Texas Stadium.

And while the new ownership, Fenway Sports Group, also hasn't delivered on a new stadium -- John Henry's said to evaluating a £150-million sponsorship deal, not to mention trying to decide where to build -- one thing's for sure as of today: "The futuristic HKS stadium plans, with an estimated cost of £400 million ... have now been consigned to the waste bin." Shocking.

But that reminds me: Whatever happened to Hicks's long-promised lawsuit over that "epic swindle"? Last I heard Hicks and his legal team were going to England to consider the next move, but that was a while back. I've made some calls. I'll update if there's anything to report.

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Ed D.
Ed D.

As of a week or so ago, there is no Pizza Hut Park--only FC Dallas Stadium.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Build it in the old Reunion Arena but covered in giant LED stripes. 

Faizal
Faizal

the only good thing hicks and gillette done 

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

It was probably scrapped because they didn't put a 160 foot screen in the plans.

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

Good ol' Tom Hicks. The only guy in the world who can make me say, "You know, Jerry Jones ain't so bad."

Guest
Guest

Seems like they started with Cowboys Stadium and then just drew over a few parts to make it ever-so-slightly different.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

the owner got his wish, he got to quit writing checks

Rangers100
Rangers100

So Hicks was evil for not building a stadium in an economic downturn... but Henry is, well, OK and all, for not building a stadium in an at least somewhat better economy.

Sports fans are funny.

ts
ts

That's the way HKS rolls.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

you cant possibly be defending hicks, can you

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

It sure does. With a touch of airport terminal.

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