Chelsea Football Club has unveiled plans to demolish its existing stadium at Stamford Bridge and replace it with a new, 60,000-capacity venue. This would increase the number of fans it is able to accommodate by 50 per cent.The plans, which involve demolishing the present stadium and some nearby buildings, have been submitted to Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council for consideration. Residents will be able to comment on the proposals until January 8th 2016.It is not clear how much the project will cost if it is approved, but some experts have suggested that it could be as high as £500 million.The proposed new stadium has been designed by Herzog & de Meuron, and fans are already debating whether the striking structure should be nicknamed “the Slinky” or “the Bird’s Nest”.If planning permission is granted, enabling works are expected to begin in June, once the current season has ended.The work will involve building decking platforms across the District Line and part of the Southern mainline railway to allow better pedestrian access from Fulham Broadway and Fulham Road.Chelsea has made its home at Stamford Bridge since 1905, although its stadium was last updated in the 1990s. The new proposals are designed to bring its capacity in line with that of other Premier League clubs such as Manchester United and Arsenal.The club’s owner Roman Abramovich suggested in 2012 that the team might need to look for a new home due to the difficulties of expanding the Stamford Bridge grounds, but these challenges appear to have been overcome.Stamford Bridge is likely to be demolished in 2017 to make way for the new stadium. While it is being built, it is believed that Chelsea will move to a temporary home, such as Wembley, over the three-year period of construction.
Chelsea reveal new stadium plans
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