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Chelsea installing rail seating at Stamford Bridge

Premier League Chelsea FC has unveiled a raft of upcoming improvements at Stamford Bridge stadium including the addition of rail seating.

The new rail seats will be fitted in the Matthew Harding Lower and Shed End Upper and Lower tiers.

The changes, which will be ready for the 2021/22 season subject to approval by the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) and its Safety Advisory Group (SAG), will enhance supporter safety by replacing the current seats in those sections of the stadium, the club said.

The move comes after many months of consultation with the SGSA and Hammersmith and Fulham Council, as well as work with independent architects to find the optimum solution for Stamford Bridge.

While the change will result in a loss of just over 500 seats in the areas concerned, the club said it has decided to act now in order to be ready and prepared for any future government decision to introduce safe standing in Premier League stadia.

Meanwhile, the West Stand Upper at Stamford Bridge will be significantly upgraded ahead of next season to form Westview.

The biggest development to the West Stand since 2001, Westview is part of the hospitality offering at Stamford Bridge and includes a complete refurbishment of the concourse in the upper tier, with two new 360-degree bars and a new food court offering an improved range and quality of food and drink, as well as views across London.

In the stand, the matchday experience will be enhanced by three new big screens which will be installed to ensure all seat locations can view the screen content for the first time, and all seats will be replaced with brand new, padded seating.

The club has also installed a wheelchair accessible platform with four wheelchair and personal assistant places.