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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.

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A year ago a study of the area from Fulham Broadway to Stamford Bridge and beyond was commissioned by Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, to examine the potential of upgrading the streetscape.

The study also began to assess the feasibility of an expansion of the stadium capacity within the existing historical site boundary, based on the principles of improving site access, benefiting the neighbourhood and enhancing the spectator experience.

According to the Club’s website, Mr Abramovich has appointed a professional team to assess, in more detail, the feasibility of expanding the existing stadium capacity at Stamford Bridge Grounds.

The process now enters a further local consultation phase. This will include an explanation of the rationale for expansion, driven by spectator demand for more seats and the need to increase stadium revenue to remain competitive with the Club’s major rivals, this revenue being especially important under Financial Fair Play rules.

Technical solutions for stadium capacity expansion are being investigated initially.

This stage of the consultation will focus, at present, on discussing the rationale and technical solutions for expansion with residents and match-going spectators.

Local stakeholders, neighbours, season ticket holders and club members will be invited to comment on the potential expansion.

This feedback, which to date has assisted the Club’s progress in earlier stages, will continue to inform the next stage of the study.

 

Source & image courtesy: Chelsea FC website