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Planning application submitted for new 60,000-seat stadium at Stamford Bridge

A planning application for a new, state-of-the-art 60,000-seat stadium at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge has been submitted to the Club’s local council. The planned new stadium would be comparable to the Club’s Premier League rivals and follows a successful consultation process.

This application will now be examined by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Full details can be found on their website at www.lbhf.gov.uk/stamfordbridgegrounds.

The application was registered with the council on November 19, 2015, and comprises the demolition of the existing 41,600-capacity ground and its surrounding buildings, replacing it with a 60,000-capacity stadium.

Designed by Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron, the development will include a club shop and museum, as well as a separate restaurant.

The building of the project will require excavation works and the construction of external concourse areas.

The main details of the application are:

– Stadium seating capacity to expand from 41,600 to 60,000 spectators

– An outstanding view of the stadium from every seat

– An arena designed to create an exciting atmosphere

– Direct access to and from Fulham Broadway Station, making travel more efficient

– Stadium facilities improved for every area

The planning process will last beyond the end of the season; if the application is granted planning permission there will still be a lot of work to do before redevelopment can start, including obtaining various other consents.

It is expected that the Club will play its ‘home’ games at either Wembley Stadium or Twickenham while the new stadium is being constructed.

 

Image: The 60,000-seater stadium will include a shop, museum and restaurant. Courtesy: Herzog & de Meuron.