Dan Meis has two tattoos on his right forearm. One is the ancient acronym for Rome, where he designed a new soccer stadium that was never built, but he says “the project gave me the opportunity to go out on my own. That really started my independent practice.” The second tattoo, 1878, is the year Everton Football Club was founded in Liverpool, England—and its new home, replacing the legendary Goodison Park, is now rising on the River Mersey. “Everton was the one where we knew it was going to get built, and the Premier League was a big deal. Those two projects stand out over everything I’ve ever done,” says Meis, founder and principal of MEIS—A Perkins Eastman Studio.
The stadium won’t be complete until late 2024, but this week it was listed among the 10 stadiums across the UK and Ireland that will host the Men’s Euro 2028 soccer tournament. “The Premier League is the pinnacle of world football. It’s been a long time since any kind of international football has come to the UK,” Meis says. “It’s a reminder that this is not just about Everton. This is a building that’s important to the UK and certainly to all of Liverpool.”