Chelsea Football Club look set to make Wembley Stadium their home from home following the decision by Sadiq Khan to rubber-stamp its plans for a new 60,000 seat stadium.
The Premiership leaders will need an alternative venue to host their home games for an estimated three seasons while its new "cathedral" stadium is built.
Plans for the £500 million ground were approved by London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday (March 6) after Hammersmith and Fulham Council gave planning permission at the beginning of January.
London rivals Tottenham are expected to play their home games at the national stadium next season while their White Hart Lane ground is demolished, with a new 61,000 seater stadium built adjacent to it.
The North London team also played home matches during its ill-fated European campaign at Wembley this season , setting new attendance records along the way.
Chelsea will need to move from its Stamford Bridge home in Fulham for an estimated three years while it builds its new stadium on the same site.
The club is believed to have also identified Twickenham Stadium as a temporary home, but opposition from English rugby top brass and local MP Dr Tania Mathias mean that option is unlikely , leaving Wembley as the frontrunner, the Mirror reports.
The council has instructed development must get under way within three years, and the development is expected to take four years to build.
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During the first year of work the club is expected to be able to continue playing at Stamford Bridge, meaning Chelsea is expected to bid an emotional farewell to its home in May 2018 or 2019.
Giving approval, Mr Khan said he was satisfied the new stadium was a “high-quality and spectacular design”, which would significantly boost capacity for the Premier League club.
He said: “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.
“I’m confident this new stadium will be a jewel in London’s sporting crown and will attract visitors and football fans from around the world.”
The stadium is designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who created the Beijing Olympic Bird’s Nest Stadium, and is inspired by Westminster Cathedral.
Tottenham are expected to play their Premiership matches at Wembley for one season, during 2017/18, only, meaning it is now unlikely the fierce rivals will share the ground .
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