Football stadiums in London Research

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Brentford

The Club have commenced with the building of a new 20,000 capacity stadium, at Lionel Road (in-between Kew Bridge Railway Station and the M4). The site is just under two miles away from Griffin Park. The scheme will also see the construction of 910 flats and a hotel. The stadium will also be shared with London Welsh Rugby Club. If things go to plan then Brentford could be kicking off in their new home for the start of the 2019/20 season.

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The Club have commenced with the building of a new 61,000 all seater stadium, on the existing White Hart Lane site. Work is well underway in the area behind and at the North End of the White Hart Lane ground. In fact that corner of White Hart Lane was demolished in the summer of 2016. Full works will commence at the end of the current season, with the Club expected to play at Wembley Stadium for the duration of the 2017/18 season. It is expected that the new stadium will be open in time for the start of the 2018/19 season. It is believed that the new stadium will cost in the region of £450m and that the Club will seek to sell the naming rights to the stadium. It will also feature a huge single tiered home end, which with a capacity of 17,000, will be the largest in Britain. The artist’s impressions show above is courtesy of the official Tottenham Hotspur FC website where more images can be viewed.

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Chelsea

The Club have announced that they have now received planning permission to build a new 60,000 capacity stadium on the existing Stamford Bridge site. Designed by Swiss Architects Herzog & de Meuron, who also designed the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, the new proposed Stamford Bridge looks quite unusual. Whether the local residents will be impressed remains to be seen! This artist’s impression as well as others from Herzog & de Meuron, can be viewed on the de Zeen Magazine website.

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Fulham

The Club have now received planning permission to redevelop the Riverside Stand. The new stand which will incorporate a riverside walkway behind it, will increase the capacity of Craven Cottage to 30,000. However, no firm time scales have been announced yet as to when this will take place.

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Crystal Palace

Jack Laws informs me; ‘The Club have announced that they wish to redevelop Selhurst Park in a modern stadium with a capacity around 35-40,000. It is intended that this will be achieved by replacing one stand at a time, starting with the Main Stand on one side. No timescales have been given as to when this might happen.’

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Charlton Athletic

Mike Keeler informs me; ‘The Club have now got planning permission from Greenwich Council to increase the capacity of the Valley to 30,900. This will involve adding a second tier to the East Stand as well as the ‘filling in’ of the South East corner of the stadium’. However formal time scales have yet to be announced as to when this will take place.

George Packman adds; ‘The Club intend to increase the capacity of the Valley to over 40,000. Following on from the first phase of the scheme, which would see an additional tier added to the East Stand, the Club then intend to re-develop the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand. This would be replaced with a similar looking structure to the existing North Stand. This would result in the Valley becoming totally enclosed and boosting capacity to 37,000. Lastly a third tier could be added to the new South Stand at a later stage, meaning that the Valley would have a final capacity of 40,600’.

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Queens Park Rangers

The Club have announced that they are planning to build a new 40,000 seater stadium at Old Oak in North West London. However the Club have yet to purchase the required land from its present owners, who it is believed are not willing to sell. So we’ll have to wait and see as to whether this proposed scheme actually progresses.

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