Chelsea Football Club are now ready to push on with plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge rather build a new stadium completely from scratch.
Chelsea have bowed to pressure from its fans and a redeveloped stadium could see Stamford Bridge rise from just below 42,000 to 60,000.
Chelsea will reveal their proposals to local residents and supporters at an exhibition at Stamford Bridge
The said exhibition will open on June 30 and be available for viewing until July 2.
Among the proposals, which could cost as much as £500m, is to lower the pitch below street level with an extra tier of seating, similar to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
The work could take three years, with Chelsea looking for a temporary home in the meantime – they were previously reported to be talking to Twickenham and Wembley over such a move earlier in the process.
A club statement read
: “A year ago a study of the area from Fulham Broadway to Stamford Bridge and beyond was commissioned by Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich to examine the potential of upgrading the streetscape.
“The study also began to assess the feasibility of an expansion of the stadium capacity within the existing historical site boundary, based on the principles of improving site access, benefiting the neighbourhood and enhancing the spectator experience.
“Mr Abramovich has appointed a professional team to assess, in more detail, the feasibility of expanding the existing stadium capacity at Stamford Bridge Grounds.