Chelsea football club has been given the approval to demolish the current Stamford bridge stadium of 41, 600 capacity to build a new Stamford bridge stadium of 60, 000 capacity worth £500m.
The new stadium plans include a walkway from the nearby District Line station.
The new Stamford brdge stadium has been designed by Architects Herzog and de Meuron, who were also responsible for the design of “Birds Nest” Olympic stadium in Beijing.
“We are grateful that planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of oour historic home,” Chelsea said in a statement.
“The committe decision does not mean that work can begin on the site. but it is a significant step need to be taken before work commences, including obtaining various other permissions.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan will have the final say on whether Chelsea can build their new Stamford bridge stadium or not.
The proposals could mean that Chelsea owner Mr. Abrahimovic could find a temporal place for Chelsea pending when the construction is concluded.
The blues are expected to vacate the Stamford bridge stadium by May 2017 while the new Stamford bridge could last up to 2020 to be completed.
Chelsea could begin life in their new Stamford bridge stadium on the first day of the 2020-21 season should they receive the necessary backing.
Options being considered at the moment for relocation of the blues till 2021 are Twickenham stadium and Wembley stadium. But, Chelsea, however might, struggle to use the Wembley stadium as North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs will occupy the stadium for at least 2017 – 2018 football season as the Spurs wait for the completion of their 61, 000 capacity stadium.
Chelsea could as well stay at Stamford bridge while the construction is going on but this will be the last option to be considered.
Chelsea owner Mr. Abramovic has always wanted to expand the blues Stamford bridge. The Blues nearly always sell out their home fixtures, especially in the Barclays Premier League, though it remains to be seen whether they can attract a further 20,000 fans to the new stadium.
Previously, Arsenal had built the 60, 000 capacity Emirates stadium ten years ago. last summer West Ham moved to a 57, 000 capacity Olympic stadium in Stratford, East London and Spurs are currently redeveloping their White Hart Lane ground.
Chelsea’s current Stamford bridge is the seventh largest stadium used by a premier league club, far behind 76, 000-seater Machester United stadium at Old Trafford.