Chelsea Might Close Stadium Capacity Gap With Arsenal as Plans to Rebuild Stamford Bridge Receives Backing


Owner Roman Abramovich’s £500m rebuild of Stamford Bridge, designed by the team who created Beijing 2008’s lauded Birds’ Nest, has been given unanimous backing by councillors in Hammersmith and Fulham.

A 3D animation of how the new Stamford Bridge will look like

It means the current 41,600 capacity ground will be demolished to be replaced with a state-of-the-art venue, subject to final approval by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Blues chairman Bruce Buck was among those to welcome the decision, which the club described as a “significant step” in its history.

It means Chelsea will be able to close the capacity gap with Arsenal, whose 60,000-seater Emirates brought in £101million matchday revenue last year compared to Chelsea’s £71million.

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