In another landmark week for Chelsea Football Club, the Premiership leaders were given approval to build its new stadium by Sadiq Khan.
The London mayor said he was satisfied the new 60,000 seater stadium was a “high-quality and spectacular design”, which would significantly boost capacity for the Premier League club .
He added: “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.”
While fans look forward to an exciting future , there will also be sadness at the prospect of seeing Stamford Bridge demolished.
The ground has been home to Chelsea since the club was formed, and has witnessed some highs and lows for the Blues.
So as Chelsea prepare to bring the curtain down on Stamford Bridge after more than 100 years, we take a look at some fascinating images from yesteryear.
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The club was given planning permission for the new stadium by Hammersmith and Fulham Council at the beginning of the year. It has three years to begin work.
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Chelsea's ground capacity, which currently stands at 41,663, will increase to 60,000.
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The cost of the stadium is expected to be £500 million.
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The stadium will take four years to build. It is expected that Chelsea will have to find a temporary home for three seasons, with Wembley the favourite destination .
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Neighbouring council Kensington and Chelsea opposed the planning application for the new stadium .
And for those who have been living on another planet, here's how the new stadium will look.
The stunning 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.
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