will present plans to increase the capacity of Stamford Bridge to 60,000
seats to Hammersmith and Fulham Council on Wednesday.
Stamford Bridge's current capacity is 41,663, making it the ninth largest
club ground in England behind Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham,
Manchester City, Liverpool, Sunderland, Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
Rather than move site and build from scratch, though, the club have decided
that redeveloping Stamford Bridge is their preferred option.
Antonio Conte's side sit at the top of the Premier League, with Chelsea
owner Roman Abramovich reportedly willing to fund the estimated £500m
The club have a meeting scheduled with the planning and development control
committee of Hammersmith and Fulham Council for 7pm on Wednesday, with the
council having already initially recommended that the application be
The main point of discussion is likely to be the ground's proximity to
transport, with the new prospective capacity of 60,000 making the distance
of underground and railway lines paramount and the main challenge facing the
The project will also mean that the club will need to find a temporary home
due to the complex nature of the build, with a lowering of the arena and
excavation likely to achieve the desired capacity on the 12-acre site.
Twickenham Stadium has been mentioned, as has Wembley, though London rivals
Tottenham will already be playing their fixtures at the latter for the
Chelsea had originally looked at external sites for a potential relocation,
including Battersea Power Station, but have now deduced that a substantial
overall of the Bridge is the way forward.