Plans to extend Stamford Bridge have gathered pace today as the club look to increase the attendance from 41,798 to 60,000.
According to reports, the club expect to host an exhibition of the expansion plans next week, with building work set to take around three years to complete.
It is believed that the Blues are set to strike an agreement with the FA, which would see Chelsea play their football at Wembley, which is just 10 miles from Stamford Bridge, whilst the building works are ongoing.
There are however restrictions on the number of events allowed to be hosted at Wembley while at its full capacity but these are null and void if attendance is kept at no more than 50,800 per match.
Chelsea originally unveiled their construction plans at a consultation meeting in June, with Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron commissioned by Blues owner Roman Abramovich to transform the existing stadium into a £500million “cathedral of sport”.
No building work can take place without the club first obtaining planning permission and then the consent of the Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO), who own the freehold of the site, thus, further opportunities for the CPO and residents to attend the exhibition proposals have been scheduled to start from Tuesday at the SW6 venue, while a construction start date of May 2017 has been estimated.
Chelsea have been based at Stamford Bridge since the early 1900’s, and the last time construction work took place at the ground was in 2001.