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Chelsea fans may still be wondering what hit them after their team got battered 3-0 by Barcelona last night in the 2nd leg of their Round of 16 tie. The Blues lost 4-1 on aggregate after playing 1-1 with the Catalans in the first leg at Stamford Bridge. This brings us nicely to the planned $1 billion reconstruction of Chelsea’s stadium. The final hurdle holding the project down seems to have been overcome as the BBC reports that the Crosthwaite family, Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge neighbours who took out an injunction in May 2017, claiming the expansion of the stadium to 60,000 seats would block light into their home have reached an agreement with club.
The current stadium is due for demolition at the end of the 2019/2020 season after which the new stadium is due for construction.
What will the new stadium look like?
Have a look at this video
What facilities are expected in the new Stamford Bridge?
We know the stadium will be a 60,000-seater capacity stadium just like Arsenal’s Emirates.
Stadium Database reports:
“Aesthetically the stadium has numerous associations with historical architecture, be it residential, sports or sacral. The outer façade will be created by 246 brick columns with crozier decorations between many of them. The monumental structure will also resemble a temple in some ways, while its roof may be considered a tribute to the “sheds” of early 20th century topping stadiums across England. That all said, all elements seem to create a very solid and consistent modern form.
“Inside, there will be room for up to 60,000 people divided into three tiers in a roughly symmetric manner (40% / 20% / 40%). The smallest tier will mostly be dedicated to corporate clients, though Chelsea included under 9,000 business seats in their planning applications (previous information suggested many more). The entire floor space of the stadium could be close to 130,000 square meters, spread across 7 floors (4-5 above ground).
“Construction would be phased and the project’s beginning is thought to include demolition of Chelsea’s freestanding buildings and the Chelsea Village adjoining the south end. Then the entire stadium would be torn down. Additional excavation, piling and further enabling works would pave way for the main structure of the stadium, that could be put together in just over a year! Altogether the project, along with new surrounding infrastructure, might take under 4 years.”
So, there you have it, the new Stamford Bridge might be one of the best stadiums in the world upon completion. This should cheer you up as a Chelsea fan after last night’s disappointment.