(WFI) Chelsea have submitted plans to build a new 60,000-seat stadium at their Stamford Bridge ground.
The application to revamp the 41,600-capacity ground will be examined by the London borough council of Hammersmith and Fulham.
“A planning application for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge with an expanded seating capacity has been submitted,” said a statement on Chelsea’s website. “This follows a successful consultation process during which we received very helpful feedback.”
Herzog & de Meuron is behind the stadium project. The Swiss architect designed Beijing’s 2008 Olympic stadium, dubbed the Bird’s Nest, and Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena.
Chelsea have been languishing behind their main rivals for years in terms of stadium development. The 60,000-seater would elevate the club into the top three largest venues in the Premier League, alongside Arsenal and second to Manchester United.
The club promises “an arena designed to create an exciting atmosphere” and direct access to and from Fulham Broadway Station, making travel more efficient for fans.
“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,” the club added in the statement.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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