Chelsea announce plans that could lead to Stamford Bridge expansion
Blues desperate to expand to 60,000 seats
Wednesday 18 June 2014
Chelsea have announced plans that could lead to an expansion of Stamford Bridge, despite previously being told that it would have 'little chance of acceptability'.
Hammersmith and Fulham council have in the past kyboshed proposals to expand the stadium to 60,000 seats but Chelsea hope that new plans could meet their approval.
The club have failed with attempts to buy the freehold to their ground as well as attempts to relocate to Battersea Power Station and Earls Court.
However they are now said to be looking at alternative plans to expand their current SW6 ground to 60,000 seats, something that would help them meet their Financial Fair Play guidelines.
The club have previously been accused by the Chelsea Pitch Owner, the fan-group who own the land beneath Stamford Bridge, of not properly exploring the possibility of staying at their current West London home.
Stamford Bridge currently has a capacity of 41,837 and with attempts to move locally to Battersea and Earls Court no longer possible, expanding the current site seems the only remaining option.
Using decking over the District line railway tracks near the ground, Chelsea believe they could expand their current ground and have commissioned a new study.
If the study is a success, it could lead to reduced pedestrian traffic along the Fulham Road on matchdays.
Expanding to 60,000 seats would make Stamford Bridge the 3rd largest ground in the league.
Latest in Sport
Pornhub: Cheeky Liverpool fan uploads Philippe Coutinho wonder-goal video to adult website
Diego Costa keeps coin thrown at him during Capital One Cup final
Lukas Podolski corner: Has the Arsenal forward taken the worst corner of all time?
Ireland 19 England 9 player ratings: Jonathan Sexton? Devin Toner? Alex Goode? Who was the star man in Dublin?
Eden Hazard didn't like the champagne on offer in the Chelsea dressing room
- 1 Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut