FULHAM SUBMIT PLANS TO DEVELOP CRAVEN COTTAGE

Fulham Football Club have submitted plans to redevelop their home at Craven Cottage into a 30,000-seater stadium.

It means that the Cottagers will stay at the ground that has been their home since 1896 – making it one of the longer affiliations in the Premier League. The club will be redeveloping the Riverside Stand to increase capacity and have now applied to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for planning permission.

Craven Cottage

The Riverside Stand was originally named the Eric Miller Stand and was opened with a match against a Benfica side featuring World Cup 1966 hero Eusebio. But the current capacity at Craven Cottage is 25,700 – something that will need to increase if the club can build on recent success.

Fulham claim they have been full for the past three seasons – a fact that could prove important come decision day for planning permission that also includes a larger shop, new bar facilities and a restaurant.

A statement on the club's website read: “The application will take the Club’s current capacity to 30,000 seats and, further significant funds will be invested to open up the Thames River walk from Hammersmith to Putney for the first time in recent history."

The club will hold exhibitions on January 25 and 28 to display the design and provide a second consultation.

Posted on 12/01/2012