Redevelopment on agenda for Blues

Chelsea hope to move a step closer to redeveloping Stamford Bridge when the local Council hears a planning application on Wednesday.



Chelsea: Redevelopment on agenda for BluesChelsea: Redevelopment on agenda for Blues

The league leaders have decided developing their current home, rather than relocating elsewhere, is their preferred option as they look to provide a 60,000-seater stadium with a capacity more akin to other top-flight clubs.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has already recommended the application be approved, with a formal meeting scheduled of the planning and development control committee at 7pm on Wednesday.

Chelsea’s redevelopment project is to be funded by owner Roman Abramovich, to an estimated cost of some £500million.

The proximity of underground and overground railway lines are one of the biggest challenges for such a huge project in an area of west London which offers little wiggle room.


The Blues believe the history of Stamford Bridge is with the site rather than the stadium itself. The build would be complex and involve excavation, with the plan to lower the arena into the ground to achieve the capacity on a 12-acre site.

Stamford Bridge’s capacity is 41,663, making it the seventh biggest in the Premier League.

Nevetheless, it falls well short of Manchester United’s 76,000-seater Old Trafford while Arsenal, Manchester City, West Ham, Sunderland and Liverpool all now boast bigger grounds.

Chelsea had previously looked at sites including Battersea Power Station for a new stadium but concluded their ideal arena could be created at their present location.

Should it be necessary for the Blues to look for a temporary home while work is carried out, Twickenham has been mooted as a contender for a part-time base although Wembley could also be a candidate.

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