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Plans for new Chelsea stadium on hold

Chelsea Football Club has put any plans for a new stadium on hold after planning permission obtained for a new stadium expired on 31 March 2020.

The club said in a statement:

We are grateful to all our fans and stakeholders, especially Hammersmith & Fulham Council, for their patience and understanding in the matter.

We will continue to consider our options for a new stadium, should economic conditions improve.

In 2018 Chelsea abandoned plans for a new Herzog & de Meuron designed stadium to replace Stamford Bridge.

The club said it has put its new stadium project on hold and that no further pre-construction design and planning work would occur.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council approved Chelsea’s planning application to build the new 60,000-seat stadium in Fulham in January 2018.

The new stadium was set to be built within the grounds of Stamford Bridge on Fulham Road, and required the demolition of the existing 41,600 seat stadium.

The plans also included a new club shop, kiosks, museum and a restaurant/café.

The brick-clad stadium – which won plaudits from members of the planning committee for its look – has been designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, the same firm which created the iconic ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.