Chelsea Given New Stadium Approval

January 12, 2017

Chelsea FC have been given permission to build their new 60,000-seater new stadium.

Hammersmith and Fulham council have given the West London side planning permission to demolish their current 41,600-seater home and replace it with a £500m new venue.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will have the final decision regarding Chelsea’s new stadium plans. The new venue has been designed by Herzog and de Meuron, who were responsibe for the Birds Nest venue in Beijing.

Chelsea may have to temporarily relocate while building work takes place, with Cricket ground Twickenham and England football team’s home Wembley being considered as candidate locations.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich previously attempted to buy Battersea Power Station with intention of redevelopment, but lost out to property developers. Fellow London clubs Arsenal, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have all made similar moves this century to increase home support via larger stadia.

Chelsea currently lead the Premier League by seven points.