Chelsea announce stadium expansion plans

Chelsea have submitted a planning application for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge that could see the capacity raised from 41,600 to 60,000.

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham will now begin the process of running the rule over the application, and if all goes according to plan Chelsea could have the expansion of Stamford Bridge completed by 2020.

A statement on the club's official website read: "The planning process will last beyond the end of the season; if the application is granted there will still be a lot of work to do before redevelopment can start, including obtaining various other consents.

"We will inform you of progress through this process."

The main details of the application are:

Stadium seating capacity to expand from 41,600 to 60,000 spectators

An outstanding view of the stadium from every seat

An arena designed to create an exciting atmosphere

Direct access to and from Fulham Broadway Station, making travel more efficient

Stadium facilities improved for every area

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