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The Mayor of London has approved Chelsea Football Club’s plans to build a new £500m stadium on the site of its current home Stamford Bridge.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the planned 60,000 capacity stadium in west London would be the “jewel in London’s sporting crown”. The plans were given local authority approval in January.

Chelsea is seeking to boost its current capacity from around 41,000 with the new stadium designed by Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron who also designed the Beijing Olympic “Birds Nest” stadium (see picture above). The plans also including an elevated walkway over the District Line linking the stadium to Fulham Broadway underground station.

“Having taken a balanced view of the application, I’m satisfied this is a high-quality and spectacular design which will significantly increase capacity within the existing site, as well as ensuring fans can have easy access from nearby transport connections,” said Mr Khan.

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