Everton have revealed the first findings from the recent survey of fans undertaken following the release of their 11 Key Principles that will guide the proposed move from Goodison Park to Bramley-Moore Dock.
The club unveiled the Principles at the end of January and invited supporters with customer numbers to answer a number of questions, ranging from the capacity and look of the new stadium to what sort of legacy Everton should leave behind in Walton.
Over 10,000 Evertonians have taken part in initial surveys over the planned relocation and 97% of the respondents to this most recent one agreed that the Principles presented represented a ‘clear vision for the new stadium'.
Making the new stadium ‘A Fortress' — “a stadium that maximises atmosphere and creates a home advantage” — was ranked as the most important of all the 11 Principles while including the Dixie Dean statue at the new site and introducing a club museum for the first time were also rated as important features.
In terms of the new ground's design, more than 60% preferred a “square shaped” design compared to a curved or “bowl” design, with more than 80% preferring that the corners of the stadium be ‘filled in' rather than left open.
Two-thirds preferred that the away fans be located in a corner of the stadium, and 93% opted for the tunnel to be on the halfway line.
The issue of capacity, meanwhile, has become a hot talking point among some fans in recent days following CEO Robert Elstone's admission that the Bramley-Moore Dock structure might not see as big an increase in capacity as first thought.
99% of survey respondents expressed a preference for a stadium seating in excess of 50,000, although it's not clear how many would opt for 60,000 or more.
Everton are now taking applications for fans to attend a series of forums that will be held with the club's chosen architect, Dan Meis, during the week commencing 2 April.